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The Weekender: June 14 – 16

Vivian Tan

Thu Jun 13 2013

Pizza Festival 2013 Melbourne

A FESTIVAL dedicated to pizza, Spanish films and a rooftop laser war skirmish are among this weekend’s chillout highlights. And for the curious, the Laneway Learning Sunday Spectacular.  Vivian Tan fills you in. 

Pizza Festival 2013
Monday June 10 to Sunday June 30; Various locations around Melbourne.

‘To develop an appreciation for good pizza is to try as many as possible’ – those that agree with this mantra from the Pizza Festival 2013 will find only the most delicious pizzas to be showcased in this festival.

Chosen for their authenticity and quality, 13 Italian restaurants will be featured throughout the festival allowing visitors the chance to explore Melbourne while enjoying gourmet pizzas.

Visitors can choose to dine at the restaurant of their interest:

  • June 11 – Supermaxi (Fitzroy)
  • June 12 – Ladro (Fitzroy and Prahran)
  • June 16 – Pizza Farro (Thornbury)
  • June 17 – 400 Gradi (Carlton)
  • June 18 – Scoozi (Ascot Vale)
  • June 19 – Bay 101 (Port Melbourne)
  • June 20 – Pizza e Birra (St Kilda)
  • June 23 – Feldman’s (Fitzroy)
  • June 24 – Cantina Centrale (Mont Albert)
  • June 25 – 90 secondi (Docklands)
  • June 26 – Firechief (Hawthorn East)
  • June 27 – Pinocchio (Hampton and South Yarra)
  • June 30 – Rose St. Artists’ Market (Fitzroy)

The festival will have event-only specials – $20 for a pizza and a glass of soft drink or wine, $50 for three different pizzas.

For more information head on over to The Pizza Festival 2013’s official website.

Rooftop Laser Skirmish
Friday, June 14; Discovery Melbourne Hostel Rooftop, 167 Franklin St, Melbourne.

Fancy a game of laser tag? Tech Assault’s Rooftop Laser Skirmish isn’t your average laser tag arena as the concept for this game of laser tag has been inspired by video games.

With various scenarios available, players can have a session suited to them, making their experience more enjoyable.

Some of the features that Tech Assault pride themselves on are the realistic look and feel of laser weaponry, simultaneous shoot and hit, true near miss detection, variable damage and weapon modelling.

The bar opens after 5.00pm in the basement and snacks are available on most nights.

Tech Assault’s Rooftop Laser Skirmish is $30 dollars per session – student discounts are available.

To register for this session or get more information check out Tech Assault’s website.

Laneway Learning Sunday Spectacular
Sunday, June 16; 11.0am – 5.00pm
Various locations: Foundation for Young Australians (21 – 27 Somerset Place, Melbourne, 3000) Gallery One Three (13 Somerset Place, Melbourne, 3000), The Little Mule (19 Somerset Place, Melbourne 3000), Captains of Industry (Level 1, 2 Somerset Place, Melbourne, 3000)

Laneway Learning –  the name given to this series of fun, casual classes – offers participants the opportunity to learn new skills and share knowledge on all manner of things.

This Sunday, the Laneway Learning group will be holding their first-ever Sunday Spectacular; an entire day for eager learners to acquire new skills and learn new things.

Classes will be conducted across several venues including the Foundation for Young Australians, Gallery One Tree, The Little Mule and Captains of Industry.

Some of the classes you can find on the Sunday Spectacular include making glass and paper jewelry, learning about anthropology within an hour and simple how-to classes for knitting and beer brewing.

All bookings and donations from the classes will go straight to the ‘Change It Up’ program supported by the Foundation of Young Australians.

If you are looking to get creative book a class for the Laneway Learning Sunday Spectacular over at their website.

The 2013 Spanish Film Festival
Wednesday June 12 – June 26
Various locations: Palace Cinemas Como (Cnr Toorak Rd & Chapel St, South Yarra), Palace Westgarth (89 High Street, Northcote) and Kino Cinemas (45, Collins Street, Melbourne)

The 16th Spanish Film Festival takes place this month where some of the best Spanish films from the past year will be screening.

As of late, Spain has been very big on heart pumping thrillers, so be prepared for an adrenaline rush as some of the featured films will be sure to bring thrills!

Special events such as a Q & A session with actress Maribel Verdu (Pan’s Labyrinth) will be on hand during the festival. Accompanying the festival will also be delicious tapas and drinks which will be available at the special events.

If you would like to visit the festival, Meld is currently running a competition in conjunction with the festival where readers can score a chance to win one of 10 double passes to a film of their choice. To save you the hassle, you can take part directly below:

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