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Sunday, 28 October


RPS HalloweenFest Markets and Fairs in Melbourne

Saturday 27th Oct, 2.00pm 8.00pm, Richmond Primary School

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Sunday, 11 March


Wellbeing Market Markets and Fairs in Melbourne

Sunday 11th Mar, 10.00am 3.00pm, Sorrento Community Centre

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Sunday, 04 March


New To You: Pre-loved Clothing Market Markets and Fairs in Melbourne

Sunday 4th Mar, 10.00am 4.00pm, Clifton St Markets

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Tuesday, 13 February


OnlyMelbourne Newsletter #581 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Read Online Newsletter | #581 | What's On this WeekWelcome to Newsletter | #581 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 13th February 2018 to Monday 19th February 2018 Valentine's Day: Wednesday 14th February 2018 The day to celebrate our love for one another.. Thing's To Do On Valentine's Day | Petals Online Florist Valentine's at Sofitel Melbourne On Collins .nobrtable br { display: none } Watch the sun go down on level 35 over champagne and dinner for the perfect couple-centric night out. Valentine's Dinner | Sofitel | Melbourne On Collins | Book Now Lunar New Year Festivals .nobrtable br { display: none } Year of the DOG | Chinese New Year's Day - Friday, February 16, 2018 Melbourne plays host to a number of festivals in the CBD and suburbs. Box Hill - Saturday 17 February 2018 Chinatown - Sunday 18 February 2018 Federation Square - Saturday 17 February 2018 Glen Waverley - Sunday 25 February 2018 Melbourne - Crown - Friday 16th - Sunday 18th February 2018 Melbourne - Chinatown - Friday 16th - Sunday 18th February 2018 Melbourne - Projections - Melbourne Museum and Royal Exhibition Building Point Cook Lunar New Year Festival - Saturday 24 February 2018 Preston Central & Market - Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th February 2018 Lunar New Year Festivals 2018 White Night | Saturday 17 February 2018 - 7pm - 7am .nobrtable br { display: none } Alight, alive and shining more brightly under the cover of dark, White Night returns with with Music Exhibition Projection and Performance. White Night Melbourne | White Night Ballarat Apollo Bay Seafood Festival .nobrtable br { display: none } Be captivated, provoked and inspired as you explore this unique festival of events. 16-18 February 2018 | Apollo Bay Seafood Festival Virtual Reality Experiences .nobrtable br { display: none } The Viri Experience will engage your senses through an 80 minute virtual reality immersion with your friends. Virtual Reality Immersion | VIRI - Melbourne CBD | Book Online Insomnia Race .nobrtable br { display: none } Insomnia Race is a night time car based team competition full of mind-bending puzzles, tricky challenges and crazy flash mobs. Next: Friday 23rd of February 2018 | Insomnia Race | Book Now Festivals This Weekend .nobrtable br { display: none } Sustainable Living Festival - February 2018 Beaumaris Festival - Sunday 18th of February 2018 Festival of Glass (Drysdale) - Sunday 18th of February 2018 Latrobe Valley Maltese Festa - Saturday 17th of February 2018 Riverboats Music Festival - February 16-18, 2018 Yarraville Festival Sunday 18th of February 2018 Galentines Weekend (Milawa) - February 17-18, 2018 Yarra Valley Ice Cream Festival - February 14-25, 2018 Melbourne Festival Guide This Week: 13 - 19 February 2018 .nobrtable br { display: none } Cupid's Undie Run 2018 Elect...

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Monday, 12 February


FREE Netball Event this Week! "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"


Thursday Netball Victoria through Rock Up Netball will host a NETBALL FESTIVAL.  

There are a number of family-friendly activities for all ages. 

Netball Victoria will be delivering NetSetGO (Ages 5-10), Drills & Skills (Ages 10-15) and a Play Festival (15+). Melbourne Vixens player Khao Watts will be attending from 6pm. There will also be plenty of giveaways on the night!

For the Play Festival (15+), a participant will win a Samsung Gear Fit2, so please encourage any of the parents at the club to get involved! 


Raising a vegetarian child to be tolerant of meat eaters Green Gourmet Giraffe

A few months back we had a very stressful night at a pizza shop where I was served meat pizza by mistake.  What really startled me the most was how my 8 year old vegetarian child reacted and how much she has to learn about tolerance, respect and kindness for non-vegetarians.

I grew up eating meat but have been vegetarian for more than half my life.  My husband eats meat but eats mostly vegetarian at home.  My daughter has been vegetarian since she was born.

What happened when I accidentally ate meat

We went to a pizza restaurant for dinner last year and I was busy trying to avoid stuff on the pizza that my daughter would not eat and hence not paying attention to the fact that my husband's meat pizza was really similar to my own but with meat.  I ended up taking two bits of his pizza and then stopping to work out what on earth was on it.  Ugh meat!

I thought that was the worst of it.  Turns out it was worse to have a daughter who was furious at me for eating meat.  In that contrary way that is so typical of kids, she took comfort from my husband who is not vegetarian.  She was so angry and unforgiving of me.  "But dad ..."  I spluttered in bemusement.  Apparently I was meant to be vegetarian always even if he wouldn't.  The next morning when she was still upset I sat her down for a talk.

What vegetarianism can teach children about life

I told my daughter some home truths off the top of my head.  After some consideration, I have added some more to share here:
  • You will at some point in your life eat meat by mistake.
  • You will have friends who are vegetarian and decide to change and eat meat.
  • You will meet people who say they are vegetarian but are more flexible than you about this.
  • You might one day eat meat in the name of kindness.
  • You might fall in love with someone who eats meat.
  • You might be told by a doctor you need to eat meat for health reasons.
  • You might one day decide not to be vegetarian.
Life is uncertain and unpredictable in a way that is hard to spot as an 8 year old who has always eaten vegetarian and feels pure.  Life is messy and does not follow a linear path.

The experience of the accidental meat pizza made me understand that being vegetarian could teach my daughter lessons about...


The Danish Girl- movie review healthy international students blog

The Danish Girl is such a wonderful and moving story. It is based on a true story. The photography is just beautiful and there are some scenes that make you cry. It stars Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander as the artist couple.  It is set in 1920s in beautiful Copenhagen. It starts off with an art exhibition and the celebration of Einars latest work and being in the top one. They are both drunk. Einar and Gerda are a loving couple of husband and wife with no kids.

She propositioned me Einar.

As soon as Gerda gives Einar the dress, the stockings, and the shoes- he starts to become interested in becoming a lady. He watches Gerda undress whilst in bed and takes off the stockings. He touches her in her private parts. Im your wife. I know everything She says.

There is nudity, especially in the bed. They have sex and Einar is wearing ladys undergarments. They have sex and later on Gerda sketches him in the bed.

Gerda is such a great sketcher. When she showed the buyer at the gallery he was happy and he wanted them.

Lili is so pretty. Prettiness is mentioned a lot in the movie.

Self-identity is another theme as Einar/Lilis identity is questioned. It is questioned by Henrik and then by himself. Einah/Lili kisses Henrik and he wants her. Lili doesnt know what she wants and then is confused. Infidelity is talked about here when Henrik kissed Lili and Einar tells Gerda. In my online journalism course, self-identity is talked about.

Henrik kisses Lili at the party and that brought Einar to question himself and get confused about his sexuality.

Einah collapses and is taken to the hospital. Einah has a chemical imbalance. He gets radiation.

The art gallery in Paris wants Gerda and she goes. Everyone loves the paintings that Gerda does. Whilst there he paints and becomes Lili again. And Gerda paints Lili again.

Then one night at the exhibition Gerda feels alone without Einah. We do these things together, Gerda. She is hurt and wanted her husband, but Lili could not do that. Gerda falls in love with Hans.

Einah finds out that he is homophobic and is bashed in the street by two guys. He is also schizophrenic and the doctors cannot help him. He is a woman inside. Then he gets a sex change operation which means letting Einah go.

Lili moves back to Copenhagen and she gets a job in a retail store. She is so skinny. And they all get along.

In the end, Einah and Lili die due to complications with the surgery. This scene really moved me to tears.


Louise Paramor @ NGV "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

I first saw a sculpture by Louise Paramor when her Noble ape was exhibited in Melbourne Now 2013; it is currently installed in the garden at the back of NGV International. Other people might know her from her Panorama Station sculpture beside the freeway in Carrum Downs. Then I saw Paramors sculpture, Ursa Major being installed in Federation Square for the Melbourne Prize 2014. I hadnt seen any of her previous twenty or so years of exhibiting sculpture.

Louis Paramor

Louis Paramor, Noble ape, fiberglass, plastic and steel

Currently the NGV is exhibiting Paramor in two large spaces on the third floor of the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia with a specially commissioned installation of new paper sculptures and a survey of her recent colourful plastic assemblages.

Palace of the Republic is a series of massive paper sculptures. Honeycomb paper decorations on a scale that will leave you awestruck. It is a reference Paramors earlier artistic practice before she started to collage found plastic objects.



The Electricity of Attractor "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Indonesias tour-de-force music duo Senyawa and Melbourne choreographic luminaries Lucy Guerin and Gideon Obarzanek join forces with two of Australias leading dance companies for Perth Festival, 8th-10th February at the State Theatre Centre.

Senyawa reinterprets the Javanese tradition of entering trance through dance and music as a powerful, contemporary ritual. As the performance unfolds, their unusual fusion of hand-made electrified stringed instruments with operatic melodies and heavy metal vocals slowly builds to a euphoric pitch while the dancers are propelled into ecstatic physical abandonment.

Each performance, 20 unrehearsed participants join the performers on stage dissolving the distinction between dancer and non-dancer, audience and performer in a cross-cultural, shared ritual.

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Unlearning in India Day 9: Unlearning at Swaraj University CERES Community Environment Park

Guest Post by Dr. Ben Habib

From 2nd-12th December 2017 I co-facilitated a CERES Global tour to India, themed around sustainable development, permanent culture and un-learning. My focus for the tour was to collect data for my research project on permaculture as a transnational social movement and to learn more about alternative education models as a teaching and learning professional development immersion.  This posting is one of a series of my daily reflections from the tour on what our group encountered.

On day nine of our CERES Global Sustainable Development, Permanent Culture and Un-learning tour to India, our tour party spent the night at Swaraj University, a more structured educational off-shoot of Shikshantar.  The Swaraj University campus sits in a tranquil 15-acre space located in a scenic valley between two mountain ranges, 15 kilometers outside of Udaipur. The site is a zero-waste space and has an organic farm, herb gardens and an Ayurvedic healing centre.

The Swaraj concept (self-rule, rule over oneself, or rather, harmony of the self) in the universitys name is inspired by Gandhi-jis Hind Swaraj, a call for people to lead and create their own models of development that are holistic, pluralistic, ecologically regenerative, liberating, collaborative, and socially just.  Our engagement here further prompted us to critically examine the structure and purpose of education, and consider different ways of learning deep knowledge.


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Sunday, 11 February


FORGOTTEN SHED OF MEMORIES "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Who doesn't have a memory of Festival Hall?

The post FORGOTTEN SHED OF MEMORIES appeared first on The Westsider.

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Monday, 11 September


Zero G - 11 September 2017 Episode 1150 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

ZERO-G #1150 Title:Game of Groans

Podcast Title: Starkers 1150

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: John-Luke Roberts and Ross Spain come in to talk about Graeme of Thrones coming to the Melbourne Fringe Festival

For playlists, show notes, and news see the 3RRR website at:

Follow @zerogrobjan on Twitter and Facebook:

Zero G broadcasts live from Melbourne Australia on Mondays at 1pm AEST

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Wednesday, 01 March


Bluesfest announces a slew of Aussie acts to support Bluesfest touring artists "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Bluesfest have a number of amazing acts this year, and if you cannot get to Byron to check out the actual festival, youll have the chance to catch a lot of them in various sideshows across the country.

Organisers have today unleashed a mighty list of Australian acts who will be supporting these touring artists.

Below are all the supports, in alphabetical order. More info about ticketing and dates, here.


Karen Lee Andrews supports Gregory Porter in Sydney
Danielle Deckhard supports Joan Osborne in Sydney
James Franklin supports Joan Osborne in Melbourne
Marcus Whale supports Laura Mvula in Sydney
Miss Eileen & King Lear support The Lumineers in Melbourne
The Money War and The Hunting Birds support The Lumineers in Perth
Hamish Anderson supports Mud Morganfield in Melbourne
Luka Lesson supports Nahko and Medicine for the People in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane
Frank Sultana supports Nikki Hill in Sydney
Eric Avery supports Rhiannon Giddens in Sydney
Manalion supports Slightly Stoopid in Sydney
Caravana Sun supports Slightly Stoopid in Melbourne
Hat Fitz & Cara support St. Paul and the Broken Bones in Brisbane
All Our Exes Live in Texas supports St. Paul and the Broken Bones in Sydney
Andy Golledge supports The Record Company in Sydney
Little Georgia supports The Record Company in Melbourne
Winterbourne supports The Strumbellas in Sydney and Melbourne
nyck supports Trevor Hall in Melbourne
ILUKA supports Trevor Hall in Sydney
D-Analogues supports Trombone Shorty in Melbourne
This Way North supports Turin Brakes in Sydney
Lee Rosser supports Turin Brakes in Melbourne
Hamish Anderson supports Vintage Trouble in Sydney and Melbourne


Perth Writers Festival 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

"I read a book once"
I just returned from Perth Writers Festival, where I had three gigs: two panels for The Art of Reading, and a performance for My Brother is a Beast.

I arrived on Thursday, and heard the opening speech by Ben Rawlence: tales from the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, from his City of Thorns.

Having spent a full two months with kids -- six weeks of school holidays then two weeks with them sick at home -- I then threw myself into writing: my next picture book, and my adult novel.

Scribbling at Milktooth cafe, Barrack St (tasty coffee, for the record)
I took an hour off to visit Cottesloe beach with my old mate, AAP bureau chief Greg Roberts.


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Tuesday, 28 February


ACLAND ST, ST KILDA "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

St Kilda is an inner suburb of the metropolitan area of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 6 km south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the City of Port Phillip. At the 2011 Census, St Kilda had a population of 17,795. St Kilda was named after a schooner, Lady of St Kilda (which moored at the main beach for much of 1841) by Charles La Trobe, and the ship's master and early settler Lieutenant James Ross Lawrence.

During the Victorian and Edwardian eras, St Kilda became a favoured suburb of Melbourne's elite, and many palatial mansions were constructed along its hills and waterfront. Shortly after the turn of the 20th century, St Kilda served a similar function for Melburnians as did Coney Island to the residents of New York City and its history draws an interesting parallel.

Densely populated postwar St Kilda became Melbourne's red-light district, home to low-cost rooming houses. Since the late 1960s, St Kilda has become known for its culture of bohemianism and as home to many prominent artists, musicians and subcultures, including punk and LGBT. While some of these groups still maintain a presence in St Kilda, in recent years the district has experienced rapid gentrification pushing many lower socio-economic groups out to other areas.

St Kilda is home to many of Melbourne's famous visitor attractions including Luna Park, the Esplanade Hotel, Acland Street and Fitzroy Street. It is home to St Kilda Beach, Melbourne's most famous beach, several renowned theatres and several of Melbourne's big events and festivals.

Acland Street runs on a north-west to south-east axis between Fitzroy and Barkly Streets. It was one of the first streets laid out when St Kilda was surveyed in 1842. The north-west end of the street is largely residential, and features many fine houses from the late 19th century, some of them converted to flats or other uses, such as the Linden Gallery. The south-east end of the street, between Carlisle and Barkly Streets, is a commercial strip. The section of Acland Street between Barkly Street and Carlisle Street is a tram zone where route 96 terminates. Today Acland St has many restaurants offering a variety of cuisines, including Vietnamese, Indian, Italian and Malaysian. Cake shops and pastry shops abound as do cafs and bars.



Deadly Funny Adelaide heat will be happening at Tandanya on Sunday 12 March.

Workshops led by acclaimed comedian Kevin Kropinyeri start at 1.30 with performances at 4.30.

The heat winner gets expenses paid to perform at the national Deadly Funny in Melbourne during the International Comedy Festival.

Stevie Goldsmith spoke with local comedian Josh Warrior. Josh is a previous heat winner and wants to encourage people to sign up for the workshops. The workshops and performances are free. The Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Tandanya are hosting this Fringe event.

For more information and to register go to


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Monday, 27 February


Free "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"



I'm doing a renovation at my Newlands house and will be pulling out the original kitchen. If anyone is restoring or renovating their original kitchen and wants anything (a door, a hinge, a whole cabinet etc) let me know. Seems a waste to just throw it away so Im happy to give it away if anyone wants it.

Also have plenty of concrete garden edging going free to anyone who wants to pick it up.

Stella  0432-904-480.


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Saturday, 25 February


NESTING TIME "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

A $75,000 public art sculpture installed in Darebin Parklands had initially divided residents, with some saying the egg-shaped work looks out of place in bushland. Darebin councils art and culture department commissioned the artwork, "The Nest"  which was made by artists David Bell and Gary Tippett from recycled materials. The artwork itself has been praised by residents, but some have  criticised the location chosen. Darebin Parklands Association president Ingrid Svendsen said there was no community desire for artwork in the park and said the push came from council bureaucrats.

Councils acting director of city design and environment, David Shepard, said the council had received positive feedback from parklands users. He said the councils Public Art Strategy involved a very detailed community consultation process. Love it or hate it, it is a very imposing structure and it commands attention from several key viewpoints. Most people I have talked to seem to think it's cool. Besides, it's quite photogenic...

This post is part of the Weekend Green meme,
and also part of the Skywatch Friday meme,
and also part of the Photo Friday meme.


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Thursday, 23 February


Meltin down age barriers in Melton: The intergenerational street band supporting family music making. "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

What I really get out of the band and the practice is simply the fun. says Melton resident Amy McDonald who for the past year has played with The Fabulous Meltones, one of the bands to have emerged with support from Community Music Victorias StreetSounds project.

There are three generations of Amys family in the band: Amy, her 67 year old father, Martin, and her three kids, Nina, Tenzin and Kohana who range in age from 23-6 years old.

To have the sort of fun that say, Havana Palava have, wouldve been undreamed of for me before, and even though Im not there yet, I live in hope!

The experience of being in The Fabulous Meltones has extended the opportunity Amy and her family has to make music together, and brought unexpected and hidden talents to light.

My father who has done orchard work most of his life learnt to make feathered headdresses for the Dream Big festival, last year. Local artist Krissy Tee, who is currently specialising in the creation of amazing headdresses came to give us all a lesson. Dad made his in record time and was then able to help everyone else. Hes also getting to grips with the finer points of picking out loud shirts (The Fabulous Meltones signature colours are red, orange, pink and yellow because we are Meltonmeltin hot..



All Gold Class "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Described as alternative, rock and post-punk, Melbourne band Gold Class is finally coming to Perth supporting Jambinai at the Perth Festival Gardens tonight.

After releasing their first critically-acclaimed album in 2015, the performance is expected to be a guitar-driven experience both full of energy and captivating.


Play Gold Class


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Wednesday, 22 February


Bluesfest 2017 adds 11 more acts, Neil Finn to close out festival "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Crowded House and Jet have joined the Bluesfest Byron Bay lineup. Well, not really, but both bands frontmen will be there.

Neil Finn is set to close out the festival on Monday, April 17 with his band. Best known for putting quiet New Zealand town Timaru on the map, surprise cameos at Coldplay concerts and I guess that Dont Dream Its Over song, Finns last Australian run was nonother than his four sold-out Sydney Opera House Encore shows with Crowded House.

Solidifying Jets inevitable comeback following the bands emotional reunion gig in Melbourne and their signing to BMG frontman Nic Cester has also joined the lineup. While hes expected to perform Jet hits like Are You Gonna Be My Girl and Rollover DJ, hes been writing for his first solo album to be released this year, so we could be treated to a taste of that.

Bluesfest has also added soulful quartet Vintage Trouble, multimedia music project Playing For Change with Ellis Hall and Vasti Jackson, Melbournes REMI, country blues band The Wilson Pickers, bluegrass act Round Mountain Girls and The Australian Ukulele Show (TAUS).

The aforementioned join iconic acts like Jimmy Buffett, Santana, Patti Smith, The Doobie Brothers, Madness, Jethro Tull, Buddy Guy and Mary J Blige, as well as a new generation of artists like The Lumineers, Grammy-nominee Gallant, and plenty more.

It all goes down April 13 17, with 5, 3 and 1-day tickets and camping available from the Bluesfest website.



Eric Gales
Mud Morganfield
Devon Allman
Jimmy Buffett
The Wilson Pickers
Vasti Jackson
Playing For Change
Nic Cester
Vintage Trouble
Neil Finn
The Australian Ukulele Show (TAUS)
Experience Jimi Hendrix
Jeff Lang
Ray Beadle And The Silver Dollars
Lloyd Spiegel
Glenn Cardier And The Sideshow
Davy Knowles
Blind Boy Paxton
Melody Angel
Miles Electric Band
Patti Smith and Her Band Acoustic Set
Billy Bragg and Joe Henry
Slightly Stoopid
Rhiannon Giddens
Tony Joe White
Max Jury
The Record Company
The Mountain Goats
The California Honeydrops
Trevor Hall
The Doobie Brothers
Mary J Blige
Corinne Bailey Rae...

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Monday, 20 February


Melbournes White Night 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Once again Melbourne has turned it on for the spectacular cultural juggernaut that is White Night. A crowd of around 600,000 took part in the all night festival of projections, performances, artworks and installations.

Stealing the show again this year was the extraordinary projections upon the Royal Exhibition Building.  The Light show entitled Rhythms Of The Night by White Night & Artists In Motion, depicted the four stages of sleep. These fantastical scenes were at times like that of a Halloween nightmare, with spiders and skeletons. The dream would them move on by disintegrating into vibrant black and white patterns reminiscent of MC Escher.

Supporting this main event, were a number of excellent installations throughout the Carlton Gardens Precinct. Sailing in between the Melbourne Museum and the Royal Exhibition Building was The Pyrophone Juggernaut. Part steel pirate ship, part musical performance, part pyrotechnic show this collaboration between Hubbub Music and Strut & Fret was a real crowd favorite. Nearby, the Sonic Light Bubble by Eness and Pixel Fruit by Tim Newman both created valuable support pieces to this precinct, which as a whole was a significant improvement from previous years.


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Sunday, 19 February


Festival "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

25th February 2017

Happenstance logo


Happenstance is a surprising new community arts festival held on the Merri Creek in Coburg North and Fawkner. From 1-5pm on the 25th of February, we invite you to take an unexpected journey along a well-trodden path, and see the creek in a new light. Discover a trail of music, art, and performance celebrating the Merri Creek and all it has to offer.
Happenstance is about engaging with the beautiful natural environment of the Merri Creek, bringing together local communities and highlighting the importance of sustainable practices in urban environments.

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Thursday, 16 February


A major development is being planned next door to CERES "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Here is our response to the development proposal.

A planning application to redevelop the site at 269 Stewart Street, next to the CERES main entrance, was advertised in January. This proposes a new building with 109 apartments over 6 storeys, two basement levels for 142 cars, a small shop and a rooftop terrace. The site shares a common boundary of more than 70 metres with CERES and is its largest private neighbour. It is currently a two-storey building housing small offices, workshops and a wedding car hire business. Unfortunately, whats being proposed is starkly out of proportion to its context. It is more than twice the height of other buildings in the area, including the surrounding medium-density housing built since 2000. It would remove much of the heavily landscaped space along the front of the site, eroding the amenity and safety of Stewart Street, which Council has recognised as an important pedestrian route.

CERES was approached by the developer and their architects during the design phase of the project last year. The Board appointed representatives, who met with the developers and offered suggestions that reflected the principles of environmentally responsive design, performance and innovation advocated by CERES. Discussions also included reducing adverse impacts on CERES, such as shadowing, traffic and parking. Some minor changes were achieved through these discussions, including an offer to relocate CERESs solar vehicle recharge station, which would be over-shadowed by the proposed building. The advertised plans include some solar panels, a roof top garden and clothes lines. However, CERES efforts to achieve substantial improvements to the proposal were not fruitful, with the large scale of the development limiting opportunities for a more sensitive approach.

This has led the CERES Board to resolve at its January 31st meeting to formally object to the application, with the aim of achieving substantial improvements to this proposal, or enable a more enlightened alternative to come forward with refusal of the current application. This site offers an ideal opportunity for a development that applies the sustainability principles and innovative technology that CERES has helped pioneer. As a...



Polish Club have just announced an 11-date national album tour "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Sydney pair Polish Club are about to launch into a pretty massive national tour, announcing a long run of gigs across the country in honour of their anticipated debut record Alright Already.

Not content to hit us with an 11-date tour, the rockers will be dropping a brand new single and vid tomorrow, an incessant jam called Come Party pretty much an invitation to head along to the tour celebrations when they kick off in the bands hometown venue of the Oxford Art Factory on May 5, wrapping up in Melbourne in early June.

Theyre also set to play dates at a couple of festivals soon, namely NSWs Narara Festival on May 6, and QLDs Big Pineapple Festival on the 27th.

The release of a new clip tomorrow will give us an exciting taste of what we can expect from the 14-track debut when it drops on March 31. A 14-track debut may sound like an epic, but considering that Polish Club usually tear through their tracks in minutes flat, we know itll all be over far too quickly.

Check out the dates below, and keep an ear to the ground for their latest one tomorrow.

Polish Club Alright Already Tour

Tickets and info here

Friday, 5th May
Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

Thursday, 11th May
Small Ballroom, Newcastle

Friday, 12th May
Rad Bar, Wollongong

Saturday, 13th May
Republic Bar, Hobart

Friday, 19th May
Rocket Bar, Adelaide

Saturday, 20th May
Amplifier, Perth

Thursday, 25th May
The Foundry, Brisbane

Friday, 26th May
Elsewhere, Gold Cost

Thursday, 1st June
The Transit Bar, Canberra

Friday, 2nd June
The Workers Club, Geelong

Saturday, 3rd June
The Corner Hotel, Melbourne

Also playing: Big Pineapple Music Festival & Narara Festival

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Monday, 13 February


House of Mirrors "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Melbourne artist Keith Courtney speaking with Jennie Lenman about the interactive art sensation House of Mirrors that will be set up at Parc Palais on the Riverbank during the Adelaide Festival.
You can find out more here.

Produced By Jennie Lenman

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Saturday, 11 February


5 bands you need to catch at St. Kilda Festival this year "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Its a staple of the Australian live music calendar, it attracts hundreds of thousands of people every year, and it continuously delivers amazing lineups year after year. Yes, the St. Kilda Festival is one of the best music festivals youll be able to attend, and the largest free festival in the country. With its picturesque location and a phenomenal lineup featuring Drapht, Emma Louise, and The Aston Shuffle, you know its going to be an awesome day.

While we know that bands such as The Smith Street Band and Ecca Vandal will be putting on amazing sets this year, and of course artists like Daryl Braithwaite and Archie Roach are already Aussie music legends who need no introduction, weve decided to have a look at some of the overlooked acts at this years festival that you just cant go past.

Spectres Of Love

There are few bands playing the festival this year that harness the same charisma as Spectres Of Love. Fronted by the prolific Mikelangelo, and backed by members of Zombie Ghost Train and El Dinero, Spectres Of Love are underground Melbourne icons. Having performed with Amanda Palmer, and having fronted numerous bands in his time, the debonair Mikelangelo is set to deliver one of the most memorable and intriguing sets of the festival. Certainly not one to be missed.

Polish Club

One of the most raucous and frenetic bands in the country right now, Polish Club are proving that bluesy, garage rock isnt dead, and instead, theyre bringing it back with a vengeance. With their newest track Beat Up, the group have been performing blistering sets of intense energy that just have to be seen to be believed. While none of their songs are yet to crack the 3-minute mark, you might want to make sure you show up on time for this set, lest it be over before you arrive.


Saatsuma is a Melbourne-based five piece collective that delivers some of the best downtempo electronica being performed in the country right now. Merging together elements of neo-soul and hip-hop along with their brilliantly crafted electronic sounds, Saatsuma have been making a well-desrved name for themselves all around the country. Having supported bands such as Olympia and Thelma Plu...


Melbourne's Winter Masterpieces 2017 - Vincent van Gogh "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) was known in art history as socially isolated, mentally unstable and having an extremely emotional response to his environment. Growing up in his parents home at Etten in The Hague, van Gogh had taught himself to paint by copying prints and studying drawing manuals. His first aim was to master drawing in charcoal and in perspective, but in any case, he was totally reliant on his brother for financial support. And as he died in his 30s, van Gogh enjoyed a very short career.

In April 2017, the National Gallery of Victoria will put on Van Gogh and the Seasons. After long negotiations with overseas museums, this exhibition will feature works lent by international museums, including the van Gogh Museum Amsterdam, the Krller-Mller Museum Otterlo, the Von der Heydt Museum Wuppertal and Triton Foundation, all in The Netherlands, The National Gallery London and The Armand Hammer Museum of Art Los Angeles. Curated by the former Head of Collections at Amsterdams van Gogh Museum, the NGV will walk visitors through 50 works by van Gogh in four separate sections, each devoted to one of the four seasons. Additional documentary material, including works from Van Goghs own art collection, will show his deep interest in literature and nature.

van Gogh
Garden at Arles, 1888
A spring scene

The seasons had great meaning for van Gogh, representing the circle of life within nature birth, bloom, maturity and death that he represented in his dramatic, expressive and colourful works. For Vincent, this ongoing cycle represented the greatness of nature. So he repeatedly painted scenes that richly evoked the sensory influences particular to each season: spring had blossoming orchards and flowering meadows; summer had fields of ripe wheat shimmering under the hot sun; autumn gave abundant harvests; and winter depicted with peasants digging potatoes out of frozen fields, or sharing miserable meals. Seeing a van Gogh up close will be an exciting first for many Australians.

During a critical two-year (1886-1888) stay in Paris, van Gogh met Impressionists, saw their works and particularly loved Paul Seurats experimental brushwork and Paul Gau...

Friday, 10 February


Madness in Australia! "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Eight years on since these six lively lads and lifelong friends last toured Oz, London legends MADNESS are set to make a very welcome return touring in celebration of their latest and 12th studio album, Cant Touch Us Now. Lauded for their 2016 UK tour including performances at Glastonbury, House of Fun Weekender and House of Common festivals, Madness bring their classic, energy-packed shows to Fremantle, Melbourne and Sydney this April, along with a set at Byron Bay Bluesfest.

Madness CAN'T STOP US Press 1

Nothing quite compares to the six-piece, ska ensemble from Londons punk capital, Camden Town. Madness seamlessly swing from one iconic hook to the next captivating melody, the kick drum vigorously chasing the darting brass section across their trailblazing catalogue of hits. Dawning from the age of the 2 Tone ska of the 70s and early 80s, Madness came out swinging with their 1979 album One Step Beyond.

From there history was written with iconic hits such as Our House, Baggy Trousers and It Must Be Love, tallying 15 singles in the UK top ten including #1hitHouse of Fun. The band will showcase tracks from Cant Touch Us Now, as well as the hits and fan favourites since their 1979 debut.

Tickets go on sale at midday Wednesday, February 15. Madheads, get ready for a night of nuttiness.


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