The Weekender: July 31 – August 2

CATCH a cinema hit, enjoy some breakfast tastings, admire the glamorous jewels at Tiffany or immerse yourself in the legendary art collections of Catherine the Great. Jennifer Zhao shows you a winter weekend can also be something you very much look forward to. 

Melbourne International Film Festival 2015
Thursday, July 30 – Sunday, August 16 | Various venues


Established in 1952, Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is one of the oldest film festivals in the world. Every year MIFF showcases the best in current cinema and presents related industry events.

As one of the largest festivals of its kind, its program is fully packed with international award winners, local world premieres as well as new and old favourites of all genres – with films varying from three-minute shorts to five-hour epics! This year – aside from the film screenings at some of the city’s most popular venues such as Hoyts Cinemas, Treasury Theatre and the Comedy Theatre – moviegoers can also get involved in retrospectives, tributes and discussion programs to get more insight into how other movie professionals and critics view films.

Tickets cost an average of $15 to $20 per person.

For more details, check out Meld’s coverage on the event and don’t forget to keep abreast of updates via MIFF’s Facebook Page.

Nespresso Breakfast with Donna Hay
Friday, July 31 (8.00am - 9.30am) | Nespresso Boutique Emporium

Seven Seeds. Photo: Oy Photography

Seven Seeds. Photo: Oy Photography

If you love coffee and Donna Hay, this weekend’s breakfast campaign by Nespresso is something not to miss.

This free event features exquisite bespoke breakfast treats created by magazine author Donna Hay, exclusively for Nespresso. Visitors can learn how a positive morning routine can help improve their mood and productivity for the day. Ms Hay, who will be present for the event, will also share her own morning rituals and provide tips on how to create her unique breakfast recipes.

Renowned psychologist, Dr. Suzy Green, will be joined by Nespresso Coffee ambassador Mitch Monaghan giving tips on creating the perfect cup of pick-me-up with Nespresso coffee.

Get in early as the event starts from 8.00am. Stay tuned to Nespresso’s Facebook page for updates!

The Glamour of Tiffany
Saturday, August 1 – Friday, August 14 | Tiffany & Co, 267 Collins St


Photo: seventwentysk via Flickr

Tiffany & Co is known for its classic designs, while having always been in tune with contemporary fashions. With its iconic robin egg blue boxes wrapped in white ribbon, it has become the worldwide symbol of love as well as embodiment of hopes and dreams since the first store opened in 1837.

This year, the jewellery house entices Melbourne with its finest pieces handcrafted by master designers from Tiffany & Co’s New York City studio. Tiffany is also proud to showcase a collection of exquisite, one-of-a-kind jewels including spectacular diamonds and much more.

Fashionistas and jewellery lovers are going to be very lucky indeed to admire the exhibition for two weeks in the Tiffany & Co store on Collins St.

This is a FREE event with no bookings required.

The Legacy of Catherine the Great
Friday, July 31 – Tuesday, August 11 (10.00am – 5.00pm) | NGV, 180 St Kilda Rd

Image: jason ilagan

Image: jason ilagan

Masterworks from the personal collection of Russian Empress Catherine the Great will go on show exclusively at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) this July as part of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition series.

NGV has won the chance to exhibit more than 400 works from The Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, showcasing some of the city’s greatest art and cultural scene. Founded by Catherine the Great, it is one of the world’s most visited museums in the world.

Tickets cost $26 for adults and $22.50 for concession.

Curious to see what’s on display? Visit NGV’s official website for more information.

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