The Weekender: February 22 – 24

THIS weekend, take a dancing tour around Melbourne (yes, you read that right), catch a free concert at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, or take part in White Night Melbourne, an overnight cultural extravaganza. Diane Leow tells you more.


Guru Dudu’s Silent Disco Walking Tour of Melbourne
Until Sunday, February 24

New to the city, or just looking for something quirky to do? Put on your dancing shoes and take part in Guru Dudu’s Silent Disco Walking Tour of Melbourne this weekend! Dress up in your quirkiest pieces from your wardrobe, or dress down to fit in – it’s completely up to you. Your guide will explain the backstories behind various statues, laneways, and street art – the treasures that make Melbourne a truly unique city, one of the most liveable in the world. Don’t be surprised if you’re suddenly asked to break out your moves, it’s a disco walking tour after all! Still not convinced? Check out the above video for some affirmation. Tickets are $15/$20 and are available online. For more information, check out the Guru Dudu website.


White Night Melbourne
Saturday, February 23

For one night only, Melbourne comes alive like never before with the launch of White Night Melbourne. Watch as Melbourne comes alive under the cover of darkness. Flinders Street Station will temporarily become a music amphitheatre, join in a torchlight tour at the Melbourne Museum, or be mesmerised by a water, laser and light show by the Yarra River. White Night (or Nuit Blanche) was conceived in Paris in 2002 to bring art and culture to the masses – with a local spin. Melbourne will be the first city in Australia to join Paris, Toronto, Singapore and 20 other countries to host White Night this year. For more information, check out the full program.


Sidney Myer Free Concerts: Mozart and Mahler
Saturday, February 23

Catch a free concert at the Sydney Myer Music Bowl this weekend. Photo: Shaun Lee

Catch a free concert at the Sydney Myer Music Bowl this weekend. Photo: Shaun Lee

Classical music fans, rejoice. While tickets for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra typically cost quite a bit, they are playing at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl this weekend for free. This Saturday, Mozart and Mahler are part of the program, with conductor Benjamin Northey, violinist Kristian Winther and soprano Siobhan Stagg taking the stage. Pack a picnic, snuggle up on a rug and lose yourself in the wonderful world of classical music under the stars. The concert starts at 7pm, with free entertainment from 5pm.


Gasworks Backyard Cinema
Friday, February 22

Take advantage of the great weather and hangout at the Gasworks’ Arts Park this weekend. Hugo will be playing on the big screen, and there will be snags on the grill – sounds like a perfect Saturday night. You’re free to bring your dog along. Ride your bike to the venue and you’ll get discounted entry, too. Screenings begin at dusk. Tickets cost between $15 to $18, and are available online.


Recycling is Fun Day
Friday, February 22 – Melbourne Town Hall

Photo: Kelsey Johnson

Photo: Kelsey Johnson

Held in conjunction with the Sustainable Living Festival, Recycling is Fun Day aims to show you how to turn trash into treasure. Watch as items that would typically end up in your bin turn into jewellery, accessories, toys, and more. You can also purchase DIY kits to recreate them at home. All proceeds from the event will go to the Brotherhood of St Laurence. Admission is free. For more information, visit the Brotherhood of St Laurence website.

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