The Weekender: August 23 – 25

EXPLORE Melbourne’s architectural history, find stories around the city or take a steam train into the Hurstbridge Wattle Festival. The choice is yours this weekend as Vivian Tan explains.

August 19 – September 2 (Melbourne Town Hall, Bourke Street Mall, Bourke Street, Melbourne, 3000)

Photo: Fernando de Sousa via Flickr

Explore Melbourne to learn stories about people from all walks of life this weekend. Photo: Fernando de Sousa via Flickr

Writer/artist Matt Blackwood and producer/artist Csilla Csongvay have teamed up to bring their audience interesting stories and beautiful artwork situated at seven different spots along Swanston Street and Bourke Street Mall.

The stories of homeless men, skaters, everyday working people and Romanian refugees come to life when visitors scan the QR code using their smart phones on each of the artworks.

For more information visit Matt Blackwood’s website.

Hurstbridge Wattle Festival 2013
August 25 (Hurstbridge Township, Heidelberg Kinglake Road, Hurstbridge, Victoria, 3099)

Photo: Roger G via Flickr

Travel away from the city and enjoy a day out at the Hurstbridge Wattle Festival. Photo: Roger G via Flickr

This year, the Hurstbridge Wattle Festival marks its tenth year and everyone is welcomed to enjoy a day of fun, food, music, activities and to learn all about Hurstbridge’s heritage and rail history.

Getting there is an attraction itself as visitors can board the steam train from Flinders Street Station which travels directly to the festival itself!

Apart from that, there are other free rides such as coach and double-decker rides. The festival will also hold some fun activities and performances while featuring displays of vintage cars, motor bikes, BMX bikes and more.

To find out more, visit the Hurstbridge Wattle Festival’s website.

Postcode 3000: A City Transformed?
August 22 – December 21 (Ground Floor, Melbourne Town Hall, 110 Swanston Street, Melbourne, 3000)

Photo: State Library of Victoria Collections via Flickr

Something from nothing. Educate yourself about Melbourne’s architectural history this weekend. Photo: State Library of Victoria Collections via Flickr

In 1978, Melbourne was once described as ‘an empty useless city centre’ by architectural commentator Norman Day. 30+ years later into the 21st century, Melbourne has now become one of the most liveable cities in the world.

Director of City Design for the City of Melbourne, Rob Adams, has put together the Postcode 3000: A City Transformed? exhibition for visitors to learn and explore Melbourne’s architectural history, allowing visitors to observe how the city’s design has grown from once being nothing, to a vibrant, cultural city.

If you’re keen to learn a bit more about Melbourne’s architectural history, this exhibit is certainly one to visit.

For more information, check out the City Gallery’s website.

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