The Weekender: August 2 – 4

INDULGE in an Argentinian brunch, spend a night learning the art of Monopoly (then put those newfound skills to use at a game of Anti-Monopoly), or explore the world of cinema at the Melbourne International Film Festival this weekend. Elizabeth Yick tells you more.

Argentinian Weekend Brunch
Saturday August 3 – Sunday August 4, 9am – 2.30pm; Helados Jauja (254 Lygon St, Carlton)

Helados Jauja, panqueques

Photo: Helados Jauja via Facebook

Escape the dreary Melbourne winter with a quick getaway to Helados Jauja for an Argentinian country-style brunch of panqueques (an Argentinian crepe of sorts).

Panqueques are available with a range of sweet or savoury fillings. For those who need the energy for a big weekend, you can sample all the famous flavours by eating through a journey of deliciousness from savoury to sweet. Then, top it off with a traditional drink of yerba mate… or perhaps a scoop of the famous helados icecream!

For more on Helados Jauja, check out their Facebook page.

Anti-Monopoly Board Game Night
Friday August 2, 6.30pm – 9.30pm, Prosper Australia (Level 2, 22 Punch Lane, Melbourne)

Learn to play Settlers of Catan with other board game enthusiasts! Photo: Mike Saechang via Flickr.

Learn to play Settlers of Catan with other board game enthusiasts! Photo: Mike Saechang via Flickr.

If Monopoly was your favourite game in childhood, this is Monopoly as you have never known it. Learn about how one of the most popular board games started as the Landlord’s Game, then come along to an evening of “Anti-Monopoly”.

Learn the art of Monopoly – instead of hoarding pointlessly, learn how to utilise your properties for housing purposes. Meet players who are risk-taking tycoons, conservative monopolists, or just a lucky dice-roller.

The evening will consist of 2 games of Anti-Monopoly, and one game of Settlers of Catan – a multiplayer strategy game. The event is free, but gold coin donations are welcome. Light refreshments will be provided as well. Bookings are essential and can be made through the event website, or by emailing

Liveable and Sustainable Art Exhibition
Until Sunday August 4, all day at The Atrium, Federation Square (off Flinders St near the corner of Swanston St)

Melbourne - the most liveable city? Photo by Jamie Firth via flickr.

Melbourne – the most liveable city? Photo by Jamie Firth via flickr.

Melburnians are proud to be from one of the World’s Most Liveable Cities. Yet, Melbourne is not as sustainable as it could be. In fact, what makes a city highly liveable is often the very reason that leads to unsustainable actions. For example, developed infrastructure increases traffic and air pollution, leading to a range of underlying environmental problems.

This exhibition by students from the University of Melbourne aims to address the balance between liveability and sustainability. Works are inspired by the question – “how would you depict a sustainable and liveable city and lifestyle?” – and include photos, paintings, sculptures and mixed media works. It is an eye-opening exhibition that addresses an important problem of modern society. Entry is free, and it is well worth a visit.

For more information, visit their website.

Melbourne International Film Festival
Until August 11; various locations

Movie buffs, gear up for a weekend of cinematic gems as the Melbourne International Film Festival presents more than 300 international films from around the world. With more than 30 films from the USA, South Korea, Germany, Spain and more, you’ll definitely be spoilt for choice. Can’t decide which ones to catch? Check out our shortlist, or jump over to their website for locations, ticket prices, and the full programme.

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