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The Weekender: March 21 – 23

Sarah Khazaal

Thu Mar 20 2014


ARTS and culture are all around Melbourne this weekend; moreso than usuall! Watch people brand themselves as part of the Festival of Live Art, indulge your high fashion side at the Melbourne Fashion Festival, get some styling tips at Salon Melbourne or have authentic Turkish experience at Queen Victoria Market. Sarah Khazaal has you covered this weekend. 

Salon Melbourne
Sunday, March 23 (9.00am – 6.00pm); Melbourne Convention and Exhbition Centre (2 Clarendon Street, South Wharf, 3006)

Beauty enthusiasts won’t want to miss out one of Melbourne’s biggest hair/beauty/spa industry events of the year.

If you’ve got a burning passion for all things beauty, Salon Melbourne will seem like heaven. With more than 1,000 products on display across 250 brands (which include leading brands such as Napolean, American Crew and Dermalogica) there’ll be plenty to test and take home with you!

Students of beauty’s varying disciplines can use the opportunity to network or use the occasion to find inspiration and make use of what could very well be an educational experience to further their own careers. Get styling tips from the professionals and learn from the best in the business!

Salon Melbourne will run from Sunday to Monday. More information about the exhibition can be found at Salon Melbourne’s official website

Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival
Friday, March 21 – Sunday, March 23 (Various times); Various locations around Melbourne

One of the must-see events of Melbourne’s calendar year is the Melbourne Fashion Festival this year hosted by Virgin Australia.

This week-long event gives fashionistas the chance to let their hair down and enjoy the trends that are making waves in fashion locally and abroad. Whether you live on Pintrest and fashion blogs or just pick up whatever you see in the window of a shop, the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival will aim to be an exemplary product of Melbourne’s unique fashion vibe.

There are plenty of free events to attend, such as the Fashion Film Series, a series of short films, projected clips and even feature length films about designers and their work, screening at ACMI.

Pop-up stores will appear around Melbourne as well to celebrate the festival as will many various runway events.

More on the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival can be found on their official website

Queen Victoria Market Turkish Pazar
Sunday, March 23 (10.00am – 4.00pm); Queen Victoria Market (65 – 159 Victoria Street, Melbourne)

In Turkish, Pazar means both ‘Sunday’ and ‘Market’ so it seems only fitting that this Sunday, the Moreland Turkish community would transform the Queen Victoria Market into a traditional Turkish marketplace.

Complete with stalls selling traditional goods, offering foods that have been prepared for generations, and performances by traditional Turkish dancers and musicians, the Pazar promises an authentic Turkish experience here in Melbourne.

Organisers have extended the experience so much so that they have included a Turkish tea-garden – a space where visitors can enjoy a customary glass of tea, while sitting with friends, relaxing and snacking on simit (a traditional bread/biscuit covered in sesame seeds).

Whether you’re Turkish, interested in the culture, or want to understand more about it, the Turkish Pazar is a really well extended introduction into Turkish culture and how they choose to relax and spend a Sunday afternoon.

More on the Queen Victoria Market Turkish Pazar can be found at the event page over at That’s Melbourne‘s website.

Festival of Live Art – Performprint
Sunday, March 23 (9.00am – 7.00pm); Arts House – Meat Market (5 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne)

Performprint is a ten hour long event dedicated essentially to art in the form of print. Printmaker Joel Gailer and performance artist Michael Meneghetti are host the event, pushing themselves and the art of print to its absolute limits.

There will be skateboard displays, large scale printings, an array of bands to entertain your ears while your eyes are being stimulated and a purpose built costume made of motorcycle parts – all serving as ultimate close to the day’s proceedings.

Joel Gailer will be offering up his body to be branded in front of a live audience to truly cement the idea of pushing the boundaries of print in our society.

For information, visit the event’s page at Arts House’s official website.