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The Weekender May 2 – 4

HEAD to Clunes to and pick up a book or two, indulge in Indonesian food at the Vic Market, catch some freestyle dance at Fed Square or take part in Flickr’s 10 birthday in the city. Daniel Driscoll has you covered this weekend.

Clunes Booktown Festival 2014
May, 3 – 4 (10 am), Fraser St (Clunes)

Image: Casey Fleser via Flickr

Image: Casey Fleser via Flickr

Clunes is Australia’s only internationally recognised Booktown in the southern hemisphere. The town has the biggest collection of second hand, out-of-print and collectible books in Australia. Find antique books and treasures in one of the many shops in the town.

Guests of the festival include Alex Miller and Henry Reynolds who were both named recipients of the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards for fiction and non-fiction. Nine national and international artists will participate in Biblio – Book Artists expo. Showcasing examples of the book used as contemporary art.

A $5 pass will get you access to all of the program over both days including buildings and sites.

To find out more about the festival or to buy a pass head to their site

Indonesian Street Food Festival
Sunday, May 4 (10 am – 4 pm), Queen Victoria Market (Queen Street)

Image: Alpha via Flickr

Image: Alpha via Flickr

The Indonesian Street Food Festival is on again and brings a taste of Indonesia to the Victoria Market for this free event. The annual event sees the Indonesian community collaborating to showcase the best of their culture, food, sights and sounds.

The event also celebrates “Kartini Day”, a significant day in Indonesia symbolising something similar to Mother’s day and is a day celebrating women’s roles within Indonesian society.

Over 20 restaurants will have traditional and authentic Indonesian cuisine on offer that will ensure your taste buds are tantalised. There will also be traditional dancers from the Indonesian archipelago including Sumatra and the Eastern sea of Indonesia.

The event is appropriately timed as the Indonesian Film Festival comes to a close on the Saturday.

Head on over to the Vic Market to enjoy some wonderful traditional food and dancing on this day of celebration.

To find out more head to the Festival’s site

Freestyle Dance Academy Jam
Sunday, May 4 (3 pm – 5 pm), Federation Square (Corner Swanston Street and Flinders Street)

Image: Cristi B via Flickr

Image: Cristi B via Flickr

Head along to Fed Square to catch the Freestyle Dance Academy crew perform a freestyle dance jam. The dance jam is one of the many activities they host as part of their program to inspire and educate Melbourne’s youth. 

Freestyle Academy endeavours to encourage young people to embrace the ever changing challenges of life with spontaneity and confidence. The sessions are open to everyone. Feel free to join the crew on the stage and show off your best moves or just kick back and watch them do their thing.

Either way it should be a fun time with cool music and funky dance moves!

To find out more head to their site

Flickr’s 10th Birthday Photowalk
Sunday May 04 (1 pm – 3 pm), Market Lane Coffee (109 Therry Street, Melbourne)

Image: martinak15 via Flickr

Image: martinak15 via Flickr

To celebrate Flickr’s 10th birthday, photography lovers are invited to take part in the global Flickr Photo Walk. Start at Market Lane cafe, grab a coffee and meet other camera-toting participants. From there the group will take a walk towards the North Melbourne Station area with plenty of scenery to photograph along the way including some industrial buildings near by, perfect for snapping. 

For more info on the event head to their Facebook page

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