The Weekender: March 28 – 30

MEET some new people at a Singles Dance Party, catch some chiptunes at Square Sounds, challenge yourself with an exhibit at Abbotsford Convent or get some gardening tips at the Royal Exhibition Building. Daniel Driscoll keeps you in the know this weekend.

Singles Dance Party
Saturday, March 29; Ondergronds (27 Russell St, Melbourne)

Image: Nathan O'Nions

Image: Nathan O’Nions

If you’re single this Saturday night head over to the free Dance Dating event at Ondergronds. It combines all the fun and high energy of a dance lesson with the chemistry of a singles event.

The fun kicks off at 6.00pm with drinks and fun including social games and competitions, followed by an Absolute Beginner Modern Jive Dance Class with Premium Pete and Heng-Alicous.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve got two left feet or a lord of the dance, head along and have some fun!

For more info head to Dance Dating’s site or send them an email at

Square Sounds Melbourne 2014
Friday, March 28 & Saturday, March 29 (Doors at 7.00pm); Evelyn Hotel (351 Brunswick St, Fitzroy)

Square Sounds Melbourne returns to Fitzroy’s Evelyn Hotel for its second year on the March 28 and 29, 2014, with another huge line up of 20 of the world’s greatest chipmusic artists. For the uninitiated, chipmusic is essentially music rendered in the style of classic video games.

International talents such as Argentina’s 8GB and the UK’s HarleyLikesMusic will be mixing it up with local talents including Sydney’s Peaches the Wale and Melbourne’s Maddest Kings Alive.

Square Sounds is Australia’s only micro festival devoted to the chipmusic and retrotech art form and if you are yet to discover this ever growing scene, Square Sounds Melbourne 2014 is a great place to start.

For more info and to book tickets head to the Square Sounds site

Benji Bradley and Liz Bird, ‘Pilgrimage To The Moon Doctor’
Sunday, March 30 (7.30 am – 10.00pm); Sacred Heart Courtyard, Abbostford Convent (1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford)

Image: eythian via FlickrImage: eythian via Flickr

The Abbostford Convent’s free program Spirituous is a funding initiative created with exhibiting artists in mind, using the convent itself as both the inspiration for the work and the space in which it takes form.

Pilgrimage To The Moon Doctor, the first of five Spirituous exhibits, will explore the ideas of geomancy, physicality and space via installation works by collaborative artists Benji Bradley and Liz Bird.

The artists explore the concept of circularity through the practice of geomancy, which can roughly be defined as the science of putting human habitats and activities into harmony with the visible and invisible world around us.

Through this site specific installation and multi-media display, Liz Bird and Benji Bradley have collaboratively begun to explore these ideas. Head along and challenge your notions of what art can be!

For more info check out the Abbotsford Convent’s site.

Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show 2014
Until Sunday, March 30 (9.00am – 5.00pm); Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens (Nicholson St, Carlton)

Image: Bunny Paffenroth

Image: Bunny Paffenroth

If you’ve got a green thumb or want to learn more about growing anything, the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show is the place to go.

The show returns to the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens for its 19th consecutive year. The idea of gardening is usually associated with old folks but with sustainable living being as hot a topic as ever, the show offers ways for beginners to to learn the best techniques for growing their own plants and vegetables, regardless of the size of their garden.

There’s loads to see and do including live floral design demonstrations and competitions, celebrity gardeners offering advice and a garden sculpture exhibition. Award-winning garden designs will be a feature of the show, so head along and you may just find that spark of inspiration for your own garden!

For more info check out the Flower & Garden Show’s site.

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