A-list: things to see and do this Spring

SPRING in Melbourne is synonymous with good times and festival fun. Get in touch with your cultural side with an Greek or Italian film, see the best local and international artists, or share ideas with leading creative thinkers this spring.  Catherine Yen has the story.

Photo: Hamidreza Ahmadi

Photo: Hamidreza Ahmadi


Lavazza Italian Film Festival

September 14 – October 5

Last chance to catch the highly anticipated 12th Lavazza Italian Film Festival, which features the debut of 31 Italian films including 29 features and two documentaries in addition to three cult classics and a short film. The films will be played in Palace Cinemas across the city. Festival guests include actor Matilde Maggio, director Aureliano Amadei, Cineclub Internazionale president Paolo Minuto, and guest chef Donato Buchicchio. And you don’t even need to speak Italian to understand the films – there are subtitles!

To find out session times and locations, and to buy tickets visit the Lavazza Italian Film Festival website.

Melbourne Fringe Festival

September 21 – October 9

As Melbourne’s annual independent arts festival, Fringe promises to deliver the newest, most vibrant and contemporary art performances from around the country. The 2011 Fringe Festival boasts hundreds of shows set in niche venues like bars and clubs to high-profile locations like Federation Square and the Melbourne Museum. The festival promises a variety of free and ticketed events.

To find out more, check out our feature on the 2011 Fringe Festival.

Greek Film Festival

October 12 – October 30

Like the Italians before them, the Greek Film Festival offers the chance to view more than 20 films over two weeks. This year’s program encompasses  the best of contemporary Greek cinema, including internationally awarded and acclaimed films, comedies, dramas, documentaries and two classic Greek films by the late Michael Cacoyiannis. No Greek necessary!


To buy tickets, visit the Greek Film Festival website.

Melbourne International Arts Festival

October 6 – October 22

The Melbourne International Arts Festival brings a feast of music and art to city in more than 52 shows and 15 world premieres. The annual festival runs for 17 days and showcases a range of dance, theatre, music, visual arts, multimedia and outdoor events from renowned and upcoming Australian and International companies and artists. There a variety events from free and family-friendly performances to ticketed shows.

To find out what’s on visit the Melbourne Festival website.


Creative Innovation 2011

November 16-18

The theme of Ci2011, as those in the know call it, is:

“The challenges and opportunities of a super-connected world.”

With more than 40 world-class speakers and performers, the Creative Innovation 2011 convention is a rare opportunity to learn and connect with some of the world’s most influential thinkers. It brings together a diverse range of leaders and emerging talent all aiming to present digital world opportunities to businesses and society in Australia and Asia.

For tickets and registration information visit the Creative Innovation website.

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