The Weekender: December 6 – 8

CHECK out some Melbourne music history at RMIT Gallery, get lost in a whirlwind of music videos at Fed Square, pick up something stylish at The Big Design Market or catch a film at the Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema. Daniel Driscoll keeps you in the know this weekend.

The Big Design Market
December 6 – 8 (Friday 10.00am – 9.00pm, Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm, Sunday 10.00am – 5.00pm) Royal Exhibition Building (9 Nicholson Street, Carlton)

Photo: Facebook

Photo: Facebook

Located in the historic Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton, the Big Design Market is the largest market of its kind. The market sells a variety of fashion and accessories, homewares and textiles, lifestyle and kids’ products, stationery and books.

The Big Design Market showcases over 200 designers from Australia and overseas. For those who place value on ethical production, sustainability, quality, originality and good design, this is a shopping event not to be missed. Pick up something for yourself or do your Christmas shopping for those fashionable friends and family under the one roof.

This is a free event.

For more information check out the official site.

QV Dream Tent
December 2 – 22 (12.00p to 5.00pm); QV Square (Cnr Swanston & Lonsdale Streets)

Photo: City of Melbourne

Photo: City of Melbourne

Christmas is coming! Visit the QV Dream Tent for freebies, workshops, or head to the Nimbus Granita Bar for a drink. Girls, you may even get your nails done for free!

The QV Dream Tent is all about festive fun – if you’re up for it, roll up your sleeves and create your own gingerbread house or Christmas wreath!

Check out the QV website for the full schedule of activities, or simply drop by QV Square to join in the fun.

Music, Melbourne + Me: 40 Years of Mushroom & Melbourne’s Music Culture
November 19 2013 – March 3 2014; RMIT Gallery (344 Swanston Street, Melbourne)


Check out this exhibition at RMIT Gallery from the collection of one of Australia’s best known record labels, Mushroom Records. It’s a celebration of the last four decades of popular music represented through music, songs, posters, photographs, costumes, memorabilia and iconic Melbourne rock venues.

Filled with sound and visuals from Melbourne’s rich history of live and recorded music, the exhibition is an absolute must for any music fan. Whether you’re a walking encyclopaedia of information or just a casual listener, there’s something here for everyone and the best part is it’s free!

For more information check out the RMIT Gallery section on RMIT’s website

Spectacle: The Music Video Exhibition
Thursday September 26 2013 – Sunday February 23 2014 (10.00am to 5.00pm, Closed Christmas Day); Federation Square (Flinders St, Melbourne)

Photo: Spectacle: The Music Video Exhibition

Photo: Spectacle: The Music Video Exhibition

Displaying over 300 music video clips from nine decades, Spectacle follows the evolution of the art of the music video, with clips from 1920s jazz legends through to videos by Madonna, Lady Gaga and other modern artists.

Powerful imagery and music surround you as you make your way through a labyrinth of interactive installations, sets, immersive environments, original props and costumes.

Spectacle features the work of some of today’s most innovative filmmakers, including Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze and Mark Romanek. Videos from well-known Australian artists also contribute to the story with clips from a variety of home grown talent, including Temper Trap, Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue.

Videos featured in the show range from experimental to the political and the provocative and include productions that cross the boundary into short film. Each video demonstrates that ingenuity is the key to creating the perfect relationship between sound and vision.

This exhibition contains some material of an adult nature, which may be considered unsuitable for minors. Parental guidance is advised. Tickets are $15, and $10 for concession card holders.

Tickets can be purchased online.

For more information check out the acmi website.

Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema 2013
December 1 – 22, 15 Lower Esplanade, St Kilda

Photo: Facebook.

Photo: Facebook.

Take in a movie under the stars with an impressive selection of movies screening Tuesday to Sunday. Screenings on Sundays (Sundae Sessions) are complimented with free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream for all ticket holders.

Hand-picked Australian bands will play live Saturdays and Sundays. Local DJs will drive the party vibe of the festival from Tuesday to Friday when night dawns over the cinema’s amazing locale.

General admission ticket prices start from $13 while a Star Class ticket will set you back $35. Extra fees apply for hiring blankets, deckchairs and bean bags.

All ticket sales from the season will go to WWF’s marine turtles initiative.

You can grab tickets online.

For more information check out the official site.

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