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The Weekender: February 7 – 9

Sarah Khazaal

Thu Feb 06 2014


LEARN about the technology available to produce an amazing new generation art, take a step back in time with indigenous net weaving, visit the Harmonious Youth Participation Festival, or indulge your taste buds at the Flour Market. Sarah Khazaal has you covered this weekend.

Art Afterhours – the Digital Difference
Friday, February 7 ( 4.00pm – 7.00pm); Art @ 1 Spring Street (Level 1 & Part Level 2, 1 Spring St, Melbourne)

Opening this Friday and running through to March 21, Art Afterhours – the Digital Difference is a breeding ground for Australian art, live music, bubbles and $3 beers.

Artist Paul Pick, in his original stylistic format, introduces audiences to digital artworks using CGI. These intricate art works full of extensive detail, present geometric worlds, landscapes and planets so unique that visitors may find themselves feeling lost in his imagination.

Paul Pick uses the same package of CGI that is used by Pixar Studios to create something known as ‘outsider’ art. Spend your Friday evening winding down with art unlike anything you’ve seen before.

Art Afterhours showcases new and emerging art forms and original art along with the music of of Joe Oppenheimer and Co, in the exhibit’s beautiful surrounds of Harry Seidler-designed Shell House.

This is a free event and bookings aren’t required. 

Flour Market – Valentine’s Heart-Bake Sale
Saturday, February 8 (beginning at 9.00am); The Baron Said (83 Kerr St, Fitzroy)

A seasonal event for the foodies – especially those with a sweet tooth and generous heart – the Flour Market returns to fulfil an ongoing mission of delivering baked goods to those who crave such delicacies.

In the new location The Baron Said, six new stalls have been added to the list, each of them cramming in their own specialty from waffles by Waffle Jolie to savoury pie delights by Pure Pie.

Everyday Coffee will be serving brewed coffee by donation with all proceeds going towards the Familia Moja Bakery Project in Kenya. Meanwhile, Open Season Milk Bar will be serving its line of fruity milk shake.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, there has also been the inclusion of a V-Day card stall, each card designed with it’s own character and pun. So head down this Friday for all the baked delights you can think of!

Given the Flour Market’s popularity, early bird ticket specials have been made available for those keen to get in at 8.00am and avoid the general 9:00am stampede.

Tickets can be found here.

HYP Fest
Sunday, February 9 (2.00pm – 9.00pm); Queensbridge Square, Southbank


Snapshot of last year’s HYP Fest which is moving from Federation Square to Queensbridge Square. Image via HYP Fest’s Facebook page

Held annually at Queensbridge Square, the Harmonious Youth Participation Festival (HYP Fest) is an event aiming to raise and educate cultural awareness amongst the wider Australian society. This not-for-profit organisation is originated by youth members and made for the youth.

HYP Fest’s mission to raise cultural awareness is achieved through uniting the wider community through music, dance, art, food and culture, with a major focus on supporting local talent acts.

Originally beginning as one of Melbourne’s largest multicultural festivals, HYP Fest is now working in conjunction with a variety of charities to promote their message throughout the year.

Starting from 2.00pm, festival-goers can grab food in the cultural lounge before the music kicks off at 5.00pm, presented by local MC, Phillip Pandongan (Yung Philly). Arabic Singers, Samer Sleiman and Ahmad Masri will be making musical appearances as will Indian classical performers, Navaratna Arts.

For more information about the program, visit the HYP Fest Facebook Page.

Sustainable Living Festival 2014
Saturday, February 8 – 23; Various locations

The Sustainable Living Festival is now entering its 15th year and with this milestone, brings 200 nature loving activities to the program.

Regardless of your level of passion towards the environment – whether you save the remaining water from people’s bottles to feed your plants or attentively making sure your rubbish is in the right bin – the festival has enough on its agenda to pique all interest levels.

With events such as Container Gardening 101, and the St Kilda Beach clean up, there is much to look forward to, and even more to learn. This Saturday, attendees can learn how to weave Ghost Nets in a tutorial about the traditional Indigenous Art of Net Weaving. Learn from the elders on how you can turn potentially destructible waste into a useful tool such as a basket, or fishing net.

Take some time to look up the program for the event and other esential information about the festival on their website.