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The Weekender: September 20 – 22

Vivian Tan

Thu Sep 19 2013

hanami cherry blossom festival melbourne

BE inspired by Melbourne’s own TED talks or enjoy a bit of Japanese or Chinese culture this weekend. Vivian Tan fills you in with what’s on.

Hanami Cherry Blossom Festival
Saturday, September 21 (10.00am – 4.00pm), National Rhododendron Gardens (The Georgian Road, Olinda, VIC, 3788)

In Japan, the Sakura cherry blossom trees are one of the country’s many unique icons and a part of their culture involves celebrating the beauty of these flowers once a year. The definition of the Japanese word ‘hanami’ is to look at the flowers. The Japanese simply sit under a tree, and enjoy the view with a picnic.

This weekend there will be no need to travel to Japan as visitors can enjoy the beautiful view of the cherry blossom trees at the National Rhododendron Gardens.

This is the best time of the year to visit as the trees are in bloom. Apart from seeing the blooming cherry blossoms, activities such as the traditional tea making ceremony, calligraphy demonstrations are also available as well as the presence of Japanese food stalls.

For more information visit the Hanami Cherry Blossom Festival’s website.

2013 Moon Lantern Festival
Saturday, September 21 (10.00am – 5.00pm); Cnr Market St & Main St, Box Hill, 3128

Embrace Chinese culture this weekend with the 2013 Moon Lantern Festival. As the festival’s name suggests, there will be plenty of beautiful displays of lanterns and activities open to the public.

Activities include a huge outdoor stage showcasing over 40 performances. There will also be more than 20 stalls selling merchandise, delicious food, lantern giveaways and other fun activities.

For more details check out the 2013 Moon Lantern Festival’s website.

TED X Melbourne
Sunday, September 22 (1.00pm – 5.00pm), Swinburne University of Technology (Advanced Technologies Centre, 401 – 451 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn)

Technology, entertainment and design. In conjunction with TEDCity 2.0, Melbourne is one of the many cities that will have a TED talk based on the event.

As their slogan “Ideas Worth Spreading” suggests, the audience is invited to listen to speakers talk about their inspirational views on sustainability and urban ingenuity. Themes covered include art, education, food, health, housing, play, safety and public space.

The speakers at this talk include senior landscape architect and urban designer Kate Dundas, Sensis (Yellow Pages’ parent company) marketing manager Donna Gallagher, as well as design and technology entrepreneur Greg More.

Tickets are available until Friday, September 20 – don’t miss out!

For event details and more information on TED X Melbourne and their speakers, visit their website.