The Weekender: May 18-20

ENGAGE your body, mind and spirit this weekend at the Buddha’s Day and Multicultural Festival, the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival and the Next Wave Festival. Plus don’t miss Owl Eyes at the Toff in Town.

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Human Rights Arts & Film Festival
May 15 – 27, Around Town
The Human Rights Arts & Film Festival returns to Australia for its fifth year debuting in Melbourne this week. Melbourne is lucky enough to be hosting the festival for nearly two weeks of films, music and events all around the city. This weekend, a highlight will have to be Rhythm & Rights at Abbotsford Convent this Sunday. Concession tickets cost $10 for a day of live music, workshops and crafts – Tinpan Orange are on the bill and they’re worth more than $10 alone. Check out the full program at www.hraff.org.au.

Write a letter of enlightenment on the leaves of the Bodhi Tree.

Buddha’s Day and Multicultural Festival
May 19 – 20, Federation Square
This weekend’s free celebration promises plenty of entertainment for both Buddhists and non-Buddhists. You can write a message of enlightenment on a leaf of the Bodhi tree or watch the traditional Bathing of the Buddha on the main Buddha’s stage. There’s also a range of talks on over the weekend with Saturday’s 1pm talk on Living in Multicultural Multifaith Melbourne, and aimed at engaging a youth audience. For more information, visit www.buddhaday.org.au.

Brigit Heller won last year's Moonee Valley City Council Award.

Artecycle Exhibition
May 17 – July 8, Incinerator Gallery, Moonee Ponds
The city centre has a lot to offer, but sometimes it’s worth heading out a bit to discover a new suburb and a smaller exhibition. Artecycle is taking over the Incinerator Gallery and showcasing pieces of art exploring the themes of environmentalism and sustainability using recycled materials. Entry is free plus you get to tick another suburb off your ‘To Visit’ list.

You can star in the pilot episode of Bingo Unit as part of the festival. Image: Dara Gill.

Next Wave Festival
May 19 – 27, Around Town
It’s pretty hard to avoid culture in Melbourne, and with the Next Wave Festival kicking off this weekend, it’ll be even harder. There’ll be dance, visual art, performances and parties taking place over the next week with free events taking place everywhere from Footscray Arts Centre to The Wheeler Centre in the city centre. It’s hard to sum up the variety of events showcasing new talent in one small piece so check out the Next Wave Festival website to discover more.

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Owl Eyes at The Toff In Town
May 20, The Toff in Town
Continuing our push to get international students acquainted with Melbourne’s musical talents, do check out Owl Eyes as she takes to the stage this Sunday right here in the city. She’s been regarded as one of the big names to watch in 2012 and is launching he latest released ‘Crystalised’ alongside this tour. Tickets are $17 plus booking fee in advance or $22 on the door.

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