The Weekender: May 25 – 27

WHETHER you’re feeling charitable, artsy or musical, Catherine May has something for you to do and see in Melbourne this weekend.

Who doesn't love to sip their tea whilst being charitable?

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea

Thursday 24 May, Around Town

Ok, so it’s not just a weekend event but it’s for a great cause so we’ll let it slide. Have morning tea all across the city this Thursday to raise money for the Cancer Council. Don’t worry if you miss the official celebrations on Thursday though as organisers are encouraging people to host their own morning tea events throughout May and June so you never know where you’ll come across a big tea party. Check out their website to find out more details about events in your area.

The Affordable Art Fair

Thursday 24 – Sunday 27 May, Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton

Are you a fan of fine art but lack the budget to purchase a Picasso? The Affordable Art Fair is the event for you as it showcases works from a new generation of artists that come with a smaller price tag. There’s also a special exhibition inside offering visitors the chance to check out a select collection of art from Asian artists as well as work produced solely by artists under 35. Advance tickets cost $10 for concessions or $15 on the door. For more information, visit The Affordable Art Fair website.

An industry open day is being held on Saturday.

St Kilda Film Festival

Tuesday 22 – Sunday 27 May, Around St Kilda

Head southeast of the CBD for the 29th St Kilda Film Festival where short film makers will be hosting screenings while competing for their share of the $40,000 prize funds. Visitors are also invited to take a look at the 15 finalists in the SoundKilda music video competition where they can vote for their favourite film maker. If you’re a budding film maker yourself, then there’s a whole day of events and talks from industry professionals on Saturday at the Astor Theatre. Details of the festival can be found on the event website.

There are too many exciting events to list in this post. Check the website...

Emerging Writers Festival

24 May – 3 June, Around Town

If you long to publish a novel or are simply hoping your blog will one day average more than ten hits, then the Emerging Writers Festival should not be missed. Around half of the events from this Thursday onwards are free for everyone to enjoy (advance bookings are normally necessary though). Our picks of the bunch include next week’s Creative Writing Bootcamp and the Social Media for Writers workshop, plus make sure you pay a visit to the Festival Hub on Little Lonsdale Street to get the most out of the free wifi. For more information head to the festival’s website.

I challenge you not to spend the rest of the day with 'Tomorrow' stuck in your head...

Annie The Musical

24 May – 17 June, Regent Theatre

You would have been hard pressed to miss the advertising for this classic musical’s arrival in Melbourne. The Regent Theatre on Collins Street has been adorned in posters for months and this week, opening night finally arrives. For the uninitiated, Annie tells the tale of everyone’s favourite orphan who is forever dreaming of tomorrow when she escapes from her orphanage and finds a friend in a stray dog. Yes, the plot’s deep I tell you. Anyway, the Melbourne-run stars Anthony Warlow who is considered somewhat of a musical theatre god so it’s sure to be a superb production. Ticket details and more can be found on the Annie website.

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