Victorian events for July 2010
Shanghai Expo Yum Cha, Federation Square, 8 June
On Tuesday 8 June, Federation Square will beat with the sights, sounds and smells of Shanghai to celebrate ‘Australia National Day’ at the Shanghai World Expo 2010.
A free event, the ‘Shanghai Expo Yum Cha’ will offer passers-by and dumpling devotees alike a chance to sit and enjoy an authentic Shanghai experience complete with complimentary Shanghai dumplings! Don’t miss the Dumpling Masterclass by celebrity Chef Guy Grossi on the main stage at midday.
For further information: www.fedsquare.com
Media contact: Belinda Phillips, Haystac on (03) 8689 2274
European Masters: Städel Museum 19th – 20th Centuries, NGV International,
19 June – 10 October
In a Melbourne exclusive, European Masters: Städel Museum, 19th-20th Century brings to the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV International) more than 100 works from 70 of the world’s most influential artistic luminaries, including Monet, Cézanne, Renoir, Degas and Picasso, as well as some – such as Munch, Beckmann and Klinger – whose work is rarely seen in Australia. This is the first time the extraordinary collection from Frankfurt’s Städel Museum is to be displayed outside Europe giving Australian audiences a rare opportunity to engage with truly revolutionary examples of modern art from seven of Europe’s major art movements.
For more information: visit www.ngv.vic.gov.au
or call 03 8620 2222
Tim Burton: The Exhibition, ACMI, 24 June – 10 October
Direct from The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, step into Burton’s magical worlds and experience an unprecedented glimpse into the fanciful mind of the auteur, whose vision has been admired in movies including Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, Sweeny Todd and more recently Alice in Wonderland. The retrospective showcases 700 examples of rare and many never-before-seen photographs, paintings, drawings, puppets, storyboards and costumes as well as short films and animations.
For more information: visit www.acmi.net.au
or call 03 8663 2200
Peggy! The Australian Ballet, the Arts Centre, 25 June – 5 July
Peggy! is a showcase the Australian Ballet’s most captivating repertoire, celebrating the company’s founding artistic director, Peggy van Praagh. This gala-style programme offers a fascinating sample of key moments from white ballet classics including Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty and Giselle.
For more information: please visit www.australianballet.com.au
Melbourne Boat Show, Melbourne Exhibition Centre 1 – 5 July
Get on board for the 50th annual Melbourne Boat Show, Australia’s biggest and best exhibition of boats and marine equipment including shows, information, interactive displays and kid’s activities. You can even get your Recreational Boat Operator License!
For more information: please visit www.melbourneboatshow.com.au
or call 03 8696 5600
Guy Grossi & Luke Mangan ‘In The Raw’ Dinner and Live show, Regent Theatre, 9 and 10 July
Guy Grossi and Luke Mangan are taking their long friendship, their cheeky humour and their love of fresh food to the people when they headline their live show “In the Raw” at Melbourne’s Plaza Ballroom at the Regent Theatre in July. With a pinch of the Blues Brothers, a shake of cabaret (and maybe cabernet), a dash of rat pack and a whole lot of fresh, beautifully cooked (and sometimes raw) food, guests will enjoy a four-course degustation menu created by Luke and Guy with matched wines, whilst being entertained in a live show by the boys and their special celebrity guests.
For more information: www.ticketek.com.au
Media contact: Samantha Warren-White, Ph: (03) 9836 2167 ext.2
Circus Oz, the Big Top, 16 June – 11 July
Exploding onto the Big Top stage in 2010 are new acts of non-stop energy, performed by a fresh Circus Oz crew of highly skilled performers. Prepare to be amazed by absurd acrobatics, graceful aerial performances and fast-paced knockabout. Circus Oz will have you gasping and then laughing yourself silly.
For more information: please visit www.circusoz.com or call 03 9646 8899
State of Design, Melbourne and regional Victoria, 14 – 25 July
Discover how the innovative Victorian and Australian design profession can improve living conditions, create sustainable development opportunities, and generate new and innovative products and services. The annual State of Design Festival provides both local and international conversations on design through a comprehensive program of over 75 public and leading industry events throughout Melbourne and Victoria, including the renowned Premier’s Design Awards.
For more information: www.stateofdesign.com.au
Mary Poppins, Her Majesty’s Theatre, 16 July onwards
Brilliantly adapted from the classic 1964 Walt Disney film, Mary Poppins has dazzled millions of people around the globe and now it is your chance to experience the magic! This spectacular musical production includes all of the best loved songs from the film including Chim Chim Cher-ee, A Spoonful of Sugar, Jolly Holiday, Step in Time and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
For more information: please visit www.marypoppinsthemusical.com.au
Reader’s Feast – Crime and Justice, the Abbotsford Covent, 17 – 19 July
This will be the largest gathering of crime writers in the history of Australia. Teaming up with social commentators, judicial luminaries and legal professionals, all will come together to celebrate and promote contemporary writings in the fields of crime and justice through lively debate and discussion.
For more information: please visit www.crimeandjusticefestival.com
or call 03 9662 4699
Melbourne International Film Festival, 23 July – 8 August
Cinema buffs will revel in a feast of cinematic delicacies this winter with screenings from over 50 countries as well as new Australian films by established and emerging film-makers. The annual Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) has a rich history of world-class programming and is regarded as one of the largest and longest running film festivals, just one year younger than Cannes!
For more information: please visit www.melbournefilmfestival.com.au or call 03 8660 4888
03 8660 4816
2010 Bledisloe Cup, Etihad Stadium, 31 July
Australia’s own Qantas Wallabies will kick-start their 2010 Bledisloe Cup campaign with a big bang in Melbourne, taking on the New Zealand All Blacks. After seven straight years of defeat our Wallabies are hungrier and more determined than ever. This promises to be a sensational match!
For more information: please visit www.rugby.com.au
Heathcote on Show, Heathcote, 12 – 14 June, 2010
Meet winemakers, growers, chefs, producers, brewers and artists in over 50 locations when the Heathcote Region opens its doors for Heathcote on Show. Taking place on the Queen’s Birthday Weekend, Heathcote on show features a myriad of special events including special cellar door tastings, winery tours, ‘meet the winemaker’ and meet the brewer’ events, beer-making seminars, lunch /dinner events and cooking demonstrations. Taste local produce, enjoy live music and local artists work.
For more information: Heathcote Visitor Information Centre Ph: (03) 5433 3121
Fun4Kids Festival, Warrnambool, 27 June – 4 July
The Fun4Kids Festival is truly an extraordinary experience for kids aged up to 12 years, offering a 2.5 acre indoor space of children's performances, hands-on fun, creativity and high energy activities. Inducted into the prestigious QANTAS Australian Tourism Award Hall of Fame after being voted Australia's best festival 2006, 2007 & 2008, this multi award winning festival is a not-for-profit event.
For more information: please visit www.fun4kids.com.auor call 03 5526 4044
The Daylesford Craft Experience, Peppers Springs Retreat and Spa, 3 - 4 July
Indulge your creative self with this fabulous two-day craft retreat, including demonstrations from guest designers Melanie Hurlston of Melly & me, Jodie Carleton of Ric Rac and Hitomi Fujita of Studio Mio. Take pleasure in the many craft stalls, activities, and a delicious lunch and afternoon tea at the picturesque Peppers Springs Retreat and Spa.
For more information: please visit www.threadneedle.com.au or call 03 5348 4277
03 5321 6294
Winter Weekends in Port Fairy, 3 – 4 July
Port Fairy plays host to a series of themed winter weekends, one a month from June to August. July’s weekend, Port Fairy in Sepia, is a wonderful celebration of all that is old made new again, with live music and comedy performances throughout the town.
For more information: please visit www.port-fairy.com/winterweekends
or call 03 5568 2682
Louis Buvelot: Selected paintings and drawings of the Mornington Peninsula, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, 7 July – 29 August
Swiss-born artist Louis Buvelot (1814–88), considered the father of Australian landscape painting, travelled to and explored the Mornington Peninsula on at least three separate occasions with most of his resulting works relating to the Kangerong Valley area at Dromana and Mt Martha. The exhibition showcases one of the artist’s most accomplished and celebrated paintings, Bush Track, Dromana 1875, along with key supporting drawings and studies. Early images of Dromana will compliment the works on display, along with newly commissioned photographs whic reveal the radical changes in the landscape and the extent of human settlement since the time of Buvelot. Presented concurrently alongside two other exhibitions: Stephen Eastaugh: An unstill life and Imagining the Orient.
For more information: mprg.mornpen.vic.gov.au
Media contact: Stine Haug Ph: (03) 5977 2286
Jazz on Puffing Billy Railway, Dandenong Ranges, 9 July
Climb aboard for a night of fine wine, food and live jazz, including a three course buffet meal at the historic Nobelius Packing Shed. Back by popular demand, the Jazz on Puffing Billy Railway train will depart regularly from Puffing Billy’s Belgrave Station throughout 2010, with the next departure scheduled for 9 July.
For more information: please visit www.puffingbilly.com.au or call 03 9757 0700
Mildura Writers’ Festival, 15 – 18 July
The Mildura Writers’ Festival brings together some of Australia’s best writers in an intimate, winter program of workshops, lectures and discussion forums. As one of Australia’s finest literary occasions, the Mildura Writers’ Festival attracts the nation’s best writers including Nobel Laureates such as JM Coetze, renowned authors such as David Malouf and Les Murray and international stars such as Clive James.
For more information: please visit www.artsmildura.com.au/writers
or call 03 5021 5100
Australian Sheep and Wool Show, Bendigo, 16 - 18 July
This is the largest sheep and wool show in the world, featuring over 28 breeds of sheep, goats and alpacas. Animals aside, there is much more to see with over 150 general interest exhibits such as wool craft and an international fleece competition, unique wool fashion parades and the entertaining sheep-dog trail contests.
For more information: please visit www.sheepshow.com
or call 03 5439 5094
Milawa Gourmet Region Producers’ Market, 18 July
Pack your basket full with all that the Milawa Gourmet Region has to offer at the 2010 Producers’ Market. Enjoy a great selection of locally grown or made products from fresh fruit and vegetables to jams and sauces, meats, nuts, olive oil and even jewellery. Live music and the friendly warmth of Milawa makes this market a most enjoyable gourmet experience.
For more information: please visit www.milawagourmet.com
or call 03 57270 345
whiteOUT, Mt Buller, 21 – 25 July
Join in the fun at Australia’s premier gay and lesbian snow event which celebrates its eleventh year in 2010. The whiteOUT festival offers a huge week of exhilarating skiing in addition to a jam-packed itinerary of entertainment and activities aimed at both experienced skiers and occasional snow-frolickers. Also don’t miss in July, the annual Beanie Festival (3-4 July).
For more information: please visit www.whiteout.net.au
or call 03 9018 8398
The Tour of Gippsland, Mallacoota to Paynesville, 28 July – 1 August
This challenging five-day bike tour takes competitors on a challenging course throughout stunning East Gippsland. The tour will be contested by up to 100 internationally-rated professional cyclists from Australia and overseas, with $30,000 in prize money up for grabs!
For more information: please visit www.caribou.net.au
or call 03 5224 2466