The Weekender: August 7 – 9

INDULGE in divine chocolates, immerse in heavenly guitar tunes, admire the sublime comic drawing and bask yourself in jazz glory. Amber Ziye Wang reveals that heaven is not just under your blanket this frosty winter weekend!

Melt Away Chocolate Festival
Friday, August 7 – Sunday, August 9 (start and end at various times) | The NewQuay Piazza; The Library at The Dock

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Image: Creative Commons

Chocolate lovers rejoice! Your chocolate experience will come to fruition this weekend as the Melt Away Chocolate Festival takes you on a journey of deliciousness.

From Saturday to Sunday, gorge in two full days of chocolate indulging moments and events from chocoholic tours to tasting sessions and more at The NewQuay Piazza. You can also participate in chocolate making workshops and masterclasses at The Library at The Dock.

The event will kick off with fireworks, smooth FM music and chocolate inspired drinks on Friday night at 7:30pm.

Tickets are $22.50 for single-day pass.

For more information and booking, visit the festival’s official website.

Melbourne Guitar Show
Saturday, August 8 – Sunday, August 9 (10.00am – 6.00pm) | Caulfield Racecourse

King of the North, one of the feature acts of the 2015 MGS. Image: Australian Musician

King of the North, one of the feature acts of the 2015 MGS. Image: Australian Musician; permission to use granted.

Want to see, hear and play the finest guitars in town? The Melbourne Guitar Show (MGS) has got you covered.

Staged by the Australian Music Association, the 2015 MGS will present a monster exhibition of electric and acoustic guitars, ukes, FX, amps, and much more.

The show features the best in home-grown guitar manufacture and craftsmanship, providing an excellent opportunity for guitar lovers to interact with a wide variety of brands with great deals on offer.

Live performances and educational seminars are also featured to educate and entertain.

For MGS’s full program, head to its web page for more details.

Comics Fair
Saturday, August 8 (1.00pm – 5.00pm) | Kathleen Syme Library & Community Centre

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Image: Creative Commons

Celebrate comic art and comic book culture this Saturday at the Comics Fair, held in Kathleen Syme Library & Community Centre.

Here, you’ll learn the tricks of creating your own visual narratives while getting the chance to pick the brains of professional cartoonists and columnists in an interactive and hands-on workshopping afternoon.

The program also features a comics marketplace with comics for sale from Sticky Institute, Squishface Studios, Silent Army Comic Collective and Pikitia Press.

Entry is free. Bookings are essential.

For more details, visit the event’s City of Melbourne page.

LOOMA: Nascent
Saturday, August 8 (doors at 6.30pm, starting at 7.00pm) | CrossCulture Chapel, 333 Swanston St


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LOOMA: Nascent celebrates the city’s creativity through the works of three budding artists from Melbourne: singer-songwriter Abrahm Gunn and jazz singer Alicia Goh who will serenade the audience with their music, and filmmaker Ange Armstrong who will present her short film Bathrooms.

LOOMA is CrossCulture’s initiative to promote emerging artists from Melbourne. Debuting in March 2015, LOOMA provides a platform to inspire Melbourne’s creative souls through music, visual and performing arts.

To enjoy the experience, simply make your way to CrossCulture Chapel across the State Library of Victoria on Swanston St. Entries are free. Homemade canapés provided.

For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

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