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The Weekender: October 11 – 13

Elizabeth Yick

Thu Oct 10 2013


LEARN how to be an entrepreneur, shop for independently made art and jewellery or celebrate Malaysian culture. Elizabeth Yick fills you in with what’s on this weekend.

Until Sunday, October 13 (10.00am-8.00pm); Federation Square

Be part of the world premier of JUMP!

JUMP is a public installation artwork by internationally-acclaimed British artist Stuart Semple. The installation is an artistic interpretation of a child’s bouncy castle. Whilst it may look like nothing more than a big, white, bouncy platform… once participants hop on, the installation is brought to life by human interactions, and the relationship between space and motion.

Even if modern art is not quite your thing, you can still have fun by reliving those fun jumping castle days from your childhood.

This is a free event, and there is no need to register, although the operation of JUMP is subject to weather.

For more information or updates on opening hours, visit the JUMP Facebook event page.

Business Incubator Bootcamp
Saturday, October 12 (9.00am-9.00pm) and Sunday, October 13 (9.00am-5.00pm); Carrillo Gantner Theatre, Sidney Myer Asia Centre (761 Swanston St, Parkville, 3053)

This internationally acclaimed program is a free two-day workshop for all aspiring entrepreneurs and potential small business owners.

The ‘bootcamp’ will teach you all the basics of starting up your own business, including how to overcome day-to-day business challenges, how to organize and increase your cash flow, how to manage human resources and how to manage a healthy work-life balance in a start-up.

In addition, the program provides a valuable networking opportunity between business owners, as well as facilitating connections with prospective clients and potential investors.

Registration for the event may be completed online at the Wilson Luna official website, or at the venue on the day between 8.15am-8.45am.

Malaysia Street Festival
Sunday, October 13 (9.00am-4.00pm); Queen Victoria Market (65-159 Victoria St, Melbourne)

Don’t fret if you can’t get away on holidays to Asia this summer because this Sunday, Queen Victoria Market will be transformed into a replica of the famous oriental street markets of South-East Asia.

In celebration of Malaysia Day, the street food festival will feature stalls from some of Melbourne’s most celebrated Malaysian restaurants all of which will be serving up mouth-watering authentic dishes for visitors. In addition, the festival will play hosts to chefs from East Malaysia, who will cook up a number of rare delicacies as a special treat.

In terms of entertainment, there will be a number of cultural performances throughout the day, including music and dance, as well as various games and activities for the whole family, such as congkak, henna art, sarong tying and balloon making.

Entry to the festival is free. For more information on the happenings of the day, have a look at the festival’s official event page.

The Fine Design Market
Sunday, October 13 (10.00am-3.00pm); Manningham City Square Civic Plaza (MC2 Indoors, 587 Doncaster Road, Doncaster)


The Fine Design Market runs on the second Sunday of every month, in the newly developed MC2 (Manningham City Square).

This market features the locally made works and products of emerging artists and independent designers, and provides a platform for these quality pieces to be shown to visitors who will also have a chance to speak with the creators themselves.

There are plenty of wonderful art and craft pieces, intricate trinkets and jewellery, and even quirky and unique décor pieces for the home.

Entry is by a gold coin donation, with the proceeds going towards Rotary Community Projects.

For more information, visit the official website for the market, or its Facebook page.