The Weekender: June 15 – 17

MUSIC, film festivals and a day of events to support a local institution. It’s all going on in Melbourne this weekend. Catherine May fills you in.

This multicultural festival is running for the next few weeks.

Emerge Festival
12 – 5pm, Sunday 17 June, Fitzroy Town Hall
Whilst Emerge Festival may be going on throughout June, the biggest event of the month takes place this Sunday at the Fitzroy Town Hall. What do you need to know about the day? Well, it’s free, which is always a bonus. And the festival promises performances from around the world as part of this huge cultural celebration. There’s Maori dance, Indigenous Hip Hop and Ethiopian coffee workshops to check out, plus many other events highlighting multicultural Melbourne. To see the full program of events click here.

Browse through the racks of clothes... Credit: Blackbird Market Tumblr

Blackbird Market
10am – 5pm, Sunday 17 June, The Perseverance Hotel, Fitzroy
It seems there’s a boutique cutesy arts and fashion market every week in Melbourne at the moment and so it seems only right that we continue to embrace the wealth of local talent. Head to Brunswick St on Sunday (maybe even combine it with a trip to the Town Hall?) to peruse the stalls selling everything from handmade jewelry to bike accessories. Details of the event and where to find it can be found here.

Indian Film Festival
Until 22 June, Around Town
Both Hoyts cinemas in Melbourne Central and Chadstone are taking part in this year’s Indian Film Festival hosting screenings and Q&As. This weekend sees films being screened in Hindi, Urdu and Nepali amongst other languages but locals are encouraged to go along and explore the wonders of Indian cinema too as all films have English subtitles. To see what’s being shown when and where visit the festival’s website. You also have a chance to go to the festival for free by taking part in Meld Magazine’s snap draw.


Who doesn't love free popcorn?

Protect The Astor
12 – 3pm, Saturday 16 June, The Astor Theatre, St Kilda
The Astor Theatre is somewhat of a Melbourne institution and its planned closure has caused locals to arrange a day to celebrate the venue and to try and protect it from redevelopment. This Saturday sees an array of free events taking place including a screening of Labyrinth, free popcorn and celebrity guests. For more information visit the Friends of the Astor website.


Major Tom & The Atoms EP Launch
9pm, Friday 15 June, The Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy
Whilst I would’ve loved to recommend Missy Higgins’ Saturday and Sunday gigs as this week’s Australian music recommendation, they’re both already sold out. Instead my recommendation comes in the form of former Little Red front man Tom Hartney’s new project with his six piece band Major Tom & The Atoms’ EP launch. Having seen Little Red live before, Tom’s vocals are pretty fine and this EP launch looks set to be a great chance to catch the new band in an intimate venue before they move onto bigger and better things. Head down at 9pm and your $15 ticket will get you entry and a free EP bundle. More details can be found here.



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