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The Weekender: September 12 – 14

Daniel Driscoll

Thu Sep 11 2014


EXPLORE the Melbourne Underground Film Festival program, pick up some beauty advice at the Royal Exhibition Centre, celebrate all things Catalan at the Education Hub or embrace some Mexican culture at Federation Square. Daniel Driscoll has you covered this weekend.  

Melbourne Underground Film Festival
Friday, September 12 – Friday, September 19 (Various session times); The Backlot Studios (65 Haig St, Southbank, Melbourne)

The Melbourne Underground Film Festival (MUFF), our city’s very own rebel among film festivals is showing at The Backlot Studios.

Now in its 15th year, MUFF is an independent film festival that aims to showcase wild new independent cinema. It has a particular focus on indie, guerrilla, micro budget, underground and the avant-garde, and aims to showcase new Australian films with a smidge of the international thrown in.

The program consists of full length features and a collection of short films as part of the Mini MUFF program.

If you like your films on the edge, get those tickets booked and head over to the festival!

Head to the MUFF website for screening times and to book tickets

Beautiful You Australia
Saturday, September 13 (10.00am – 6.00pm) – Sunday, September 14 (10.00am – 5.00pm); Royal Exhibition Building (9 Nicholson St, Carlton)

Head over to the Royal ExhibitionBuilding forBeautiful You Australia, an event just for women, covering everything from fitness, health and well being to fashion and pampering.

Check out more than 100 of the hottest brands across fashion, fitness, beauty and skincare including Toni & Guy, Adidas, Rebel Sport, Alannah Hill, Skin Doctors, JBronze, Coconut Revolution and more!

Meet celebrity ambassadors including celebrity stylist Jules Sebastian, Mrs Australia 2014 Kate Johnson, Dancing with the Stars celebrity dancer Carmelo Pizzino and Dr Alexandra Walker creator of The Inspired Society.

Participate in workshops and enjoy live demonstrations, entertainment and runway shows.

You’ll also have the chance to meet Jennifer Hawkins, the face and founder of JBronze and Sophie Falkiner, the face of Skin Doctors

Learn make-up tips from celebrity make-up artist Rae Morris.

Take your friends and make a day of it! Remember to pre-purchase tickets for a free Goodie Bag.

For more info and to book tickets head to Beautiful You Australia’s website.

Catalan National Day
Sunday, September 14 (3.00pm – 5.00pm); Drill Hall, Multicultural Hub (26 Therry St, Melbourne)

The Multicultural Hub is opening its doors for this free event to celebrate Catalan National Day.

This year is the 300th anniversary of the events of September 11, 1714: a date that symbolises the fight by the Barcelonians and the Catalan people to defend a legal system and a fabric of individual, institutional and political “freedoms against the arbitrary behaviour of absolute monarchy”.

To celebrate this event, the Catalan Cultural Centre of Victoria is holding an exhibition about 1714 and the Catalan language. Enjoy some music and indulge in some Catalan food and sparkling wine.

There will also be a screening of some videos of the Catalan V in Melbourne and of the Diada in Catalonia.

For more info head to the Catalan Cultural Centre of Victoria’s website

Mexican Festival
Sunday, Septemeber 14 (11.30 am – 7.30 pm); Federation Square (Corner Swanston St and Flinders St, Melbourne)

If Mexican culture is more your thing, Fed Square will play host to the Mexican Festival coming this weekend! This free event celebrates Mexican culture and its independence day.

Down some tacos, tamales, tortas and other traditional dishes at the Mexican food stalls along the River Terrace or have a drink at the Mexican bar

Enjoy performances on the Viva Mexico Main Stage with local Mexican musicians, folk dance groups, mariachis, zumba dancing and live salsa band LA 45.

Explore the market and pick up some handcrafts or jewellery and don’t forget to head inside The Atrium to browse the Mexican artwork on display.

For more info head to the Mexican Festival section of Fed square’s site