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The Weekender: July 5 – 7

Elizabeth Yick

Thu Jul 04 2013


THIS weekend, compete against other Pokemon gamers, sharpen up on your ice skating manoeuvres, and enjoy a performance by local music artist Vance Joy at Monet’s Garden in the NGV. Elizabeth Yick has the details.

Friday Nights at Monet’s Garden – Vance Joy

Friday July 5, 5.30-9.30pm, NGV International (180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne)

Enjoy an artistic night out at the National Gallery of Victoria this Friday at Monet’s Garden, which features the works of Claude Monet as inspired by his garden in Giverny.

This Friday, aside from viewing an exclusive exhibition of the works by the ‘father of French Impressionism’, the NGV will feature a performance by local music artist Vance Joy, who will be performing at the Splendour in the Grass music festival this year.

Tickets to Friday Nights at Monet’s Garden are priced at $28 for adults ($23 for NGV members), and can be booked through the NGV website.

Pokemon Meet-Up and Battle Competition
Saturday July 6, 10am-5pm, Federation Square (2 Swanston St, Melbourne)


The Pokemon Meet-Up and Battle Competition will provide fans a chance to compete for a chance to compete at PAX Australia. Photo: Stéfan via Flickr

Pokemon is not just for kids. At the Pokemon Meet-Up and Battle Competition, held this Saturday at Federation Square, Pokemon fans can meet, talk, and trade with other like-minded fans.

For competitors, there are three categories: junior (born in 2002 or later), senior (born between 1998 – 2001), and masters division (born in 1997 or earlier). Prizes include tickets to PAX Australia – an upcoming, anticipated video games expo in Melbourne – where competitors will have the chance to to compete in the Pokemon Video Game Australian National Championships.

This is an event not to be missed by any Pokemon enthusiasts.

Registration starts from 10am and the competition kicks off at 11am sharp. For more information on venue details and competition rules, visit the Nintendo Australia website.

Medibank Icehouse Winter Skate Festival
Until July 14, 9am – late, Medibank Icehouse (105 Pearl River Rd, Docklands)


Ice-skating can be daunting but free lessons offered by the Medibank Icehouse should quell those fears. Photo: Yun Huang Yong via Flickr

Lace up your skating shoes this weekend at the Medibank Icehouse Winter Skate Festival. Whether you are a beginner or a champion skater, the festival promises to bring a weekend of fun.

For those who have never skated, there are free lessons covering the basics from balancing, gliding and swizzling. For those who are more advanced (or adventurous), Medibank Icehouse offers a ‘backwards skating’ course that covers the basics from one foot gliding to snow ploughing.

For those who just want to have some fun, there is the Hot 40 Countdown on Friday night, as well as an Ice Disco on Saturday night. Both events start from 7pm, with an optional free lesson to commence at 6.45pm.

For more information, visit the Medibank Icehouse website.