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The Weekender: December 7 – 9

Elizabeth Yick

Thu Dec 06 2012


ONLY three weekends to go till Christmas! Use this one to buy gifts at the Christmas Twilight Market, learn a Broadway dance number, develop your knowledge of coffee, and more. Elizabeth Yick has the details. 

Christmas Twilight Markets at Docklands. Credit: Destination Docklands.

Christmas Twilight Market
December 7, 14 and 21, 4-9pm, Harbour Esplanade, Docklands

It is the month of the festive season, and for those eager to get into the Christmas spirit, there will be a Christmas twilight market held in the Docklands waterfront every Friday this December from 4 – 9pm. Besides street performances and live entertainment, there will also be a variety of stalls selling craft, jewellery, fashion, as well as regional produce and gourmet foodstuffs. The market offers a great chance to pick up some unique Christmas presents for family and friends! Click here for more information and to see a full list of stallholders at the market.

First Friday Dance Club 7th December: Broadway Jazz. Credit: City of Melbourne.

First Friday Dance Club
December 7, 6-8pm, Queensbridge Square (1A Queens Bridge Street, Southbank)

Ever wanted to toe-tap like the jazzy dancers on Broadway? The First Friday Dance Club runs every first Friday of the month (as the name suggests), and December is “all about Broadway jazz with a Christmas flavour”. Hayley Ulberti, a lead instructor at The Space dance institution in Melbourne, will instruct participants through a series of choreographed show-tune routines. This is a fun, free, outdoor event open to the public – no registration or booking necessary. For more information, visit the City of Melbourne website, or have a read of what Meld thought about the First Friday Dance Club here.

Coffee Master-Class
December 8, 10.30am St Ali Coffee Roasters (12-18 Yarra Place, South Melbourne)

Melbourne is a city with developed appreciation for the humble coffee bean, and yet there are many of us still at a loss about the different blends and brewing methods. This Saturday, JURA coffee maker, along with green-bean connoisseur Salvatore Malatesta (also owner of café Sensory Lab) and Australian chef Adam D’Sylva, will be hosting a coffee master class at St ALi Coffee Roasters in South Melbourne. The class will not only explain the various origins of coffee beans and their distinctive characteristics in aroma and taste, but it will also instruct on methods of storage and brewing at home. This is a free event not to be missed for all coffee-lovers, but registration is essential by emailing


VCA Graduates Film and Television Screenings
December 7 – 16, Australian Centre for Moving Image

It’s that time of the year again, when budding filmmakers from the Victorian College of Arts display their graduation projects at the ACMI. For the next two weekends, ACMI will be screening a series of short-films that showcase promising local talent from VCA. There are a variety of programs to choose from, each comprising a selection of different films. Tickets are priced at $12 for adults, and $9 for concession and ACMI members. For program information and ticket purchasing, visit the ACMI website here.