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.
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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.
So you’ve no doubt heard of Triangl Swimwear. That super hot swimwear range, promoted by those super hot girls. Ye, well as if their 400, 000 plus followers on Instagram were not enough they have decided to launch a Triangl underwear line. Not complaints there I’m sure. Set to launch in Australia in a matter of days, women as well as men across the country are buzzing from excitement. With even more styles and beauties to add to their already growing reputation, Triangl’s underwear line will no doubt follow in its sister swimwear line’s footsteps. Below is a sneak peak of the line courtesy of the Triangl Swimwear Facebook page. Cue drooling and body envy now!
The ‘Isabel’ Underwear Set in Spearmint Micro Mesh
The ‘Lucie’ Underwear Set in Candy Pink Micro Mesh
The ‘Isabel’ Underwear Set in Licorice Micro Mesh
Indulging in the summer sun is one thing, but having a trendy beach towel is another. Beach Candy describes itself as a ‘Turkish tradition but an Aussie attitude’. Each unique Beach Candy piece is handmade in Turkey using traditional methods, and 100 per cent natural cotton. With a range of stylish colours to choose from Beach Candy towels also include a sneaky little zip pocket to keep all your valuables while you’re having a swim. Not only just a clever and stylish beach accessory, each knotted tassel has been hand tied with love so you can bet that it’ll provide you with lots of love this summer too! With the Beach Candy top sellers ranging from 39.95 it’s the perfect beach companion this summer.
Check out the Beach Candy website for the entire range.
Who knew your fave swimwear label We Are Handsome could make some killer mixtapes. Presented by Jeremy Somers, this WAH Mixtape #13 is all things summer. Available for free download from today on their website, the mixtape includes tracks from C2C, Daft Punk, Phoenix, Younc MC, The Doors, Run DMC and a whole bunch of other rad maestros. Clocking in at just over an hour, this summer infused mixtape is sure to get you feeling beach ready. Enjoy!
Molly & Polly is the swimwear label by Australian designer Kirsten Beck. Her collections are for those of us who want to stand out from the crowd in bright graphic prints & unique pastel colour palettes. Beck does her mix of neon and ice cream pastels so well that I would have no problem in looking like a neapolitan ice cream cone!
All Molly & Polly swimwear is made from the best of Italian Lycras adding to their devotion and commitment to excellent quality and fit. As well as being Australian made all Molly & Polly garments are unique and one of a kind. Each style ranges from retro inspired high waistline swimwear designs to festival leotards with low backs and off the shoulder crops.
Sydney’s Panama have released their 3-song EP, Always, a refreshing collection of infectious summer-infused tracks. Panama are ‘purveyors of nostalgic electronic sounds’ and they portray this skill well throughout Always.
The collection of tracks are piano-laden, sprinkled with some signature synths. Panama do well at subtly drawing on disco, new wave and house influences. Their sound dissolves into your pores, giving you an immediate high. Their lyrics are meaningful and are accompanied by an array of musical variety. Panama are no doubt skillful in their profession, Always is a clear indication of this skill.
Check out the EP’s title track below: