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The Weekender: March 13 – 15

Daniel Driscoll

Thu Mar 12 2015

Thai Culture and Food Festival

WITH so much going on this weekend, we’ve picked a few of the best for you to check out. Inspire and pamper yourself at the Women’s Expo in Carlton, pick up some secondhand dress in Williamstown, catch a free Indonesian film at Melbourne Uni or enjoy some Thai culture at Fed Square. Daniel Driscoll has you covered this weekend.

GO Festival – Melbourne Women’s Expo
Friday, March 13 – Sunday, March 15 (10.00am – 5.00pm); Royal Exhibition Building (9 Nicholson St, Carlton)

Head along to the GO Festival – Melbourne Women’s Expo at the Royal Exhibition Building to enjoy a fully packed program with interactive demonstrations, inspiring talks, workshops and live entertainment over the three day event.

The festival will cover a whole range of topics including women’s health, careers, fashion and lifestyle.

The Main Stage will be hosting a series of talks by keynote speakers covering a diverse range of topics including health, nutrition, spirituality and careers. You’ll also see fashion parades and many other kinds of entertainments.

Enjoy a massage or healing session at the MassageZone,or participate in fitness classesworkshops, and presentations at the Health & Wellness Stage. Learn some new cooking techniques over at the Kitchen Stage with well-known chefs putting on interactive demonstrations or see what your future holds in the Psychic Zone!

Entry is $10.00 for concession and $15.00 without.

For more information and to book your tickets, head to the Melbourne Women’s Festival website.

Melbourne Frock Swap Women’s Second Hand Fashion Market
Sunday, March 15 (10.00am – 4.00pm); Seaworks (82 Nelson Place, Williamstown)

Get your friends together and head to Melbourne Frock Swap to pick up some great secondhand fashion pieces at Seaworks!

The event is a women’s only clothing and accessories market with more than 70 quality stallholders. The large indoor area will have a huge range of clothing and accessories in numerous colours, sizes, styles and trends available. All items are affordably priced and there are change rooms on site.

If you need a break from the shopping, you can go check out the nail art bar, get a psychic reading or even a facial treatment. There will also be a bra fitting service and other services during the day.

And for those worried about food, you can try some tasty morsels from the food vans or grab yourself a coffee to keep you going.

Entry is just $2.00.

If you’d like to find out more, call Rachael on 0412 177 248 or Nicole on 0413 713 662. You can also e-mail them at or head to their website.

IFF 2015 presents “Under the Stars”
Saturday, March 14 (7.30pm – late); South Lawn at the University of Melbourne (Parkville Campus)

Although the 2015 Indonesian Film Festival is still a month away, organisers are kicking things off early with a special one-off event called Under the Stars.

As the name suggests, Under the Stars will run as an open-air cinema on the South Lawn at the University of Melbourne. The movies screened will be Indonesian film Arisan, along with the winner of the festival’s short film competition.

Popcorn and beverages can be bought from their concessions stands but otherwise, entry to see the movies is absolutely FREE. Of course, being that this is in Melbourne, we recommend you bringing along a blanket to combat Melbourne’s chilly weather.

More details about “Under The Stars” can be found at their official Facebook event page.

Thai Culture and Food Festival
Sunday, March 15 (10.00am – 9.00pm); Federation Square (Corner Flinders St & Swanston St, Melbourne)

A Thai traditional dance performed at the festival. Photo: Thai Culture and Food Festival Inc

A Thai traditional dance performed at the festival. Photo: Thai Culture and Food Festival Inc.

Head over to Fed Square for the Thai Culture and Food Festival, an all day celebration of Thai culture!

The festivities will begin with a traditional blessing by Buddhist monks and the day will then continue with many festivities on offer.

The festival will have three distinct areas with different aspects of Thai culture on display. On the main stage itself, you’ll get to observe a drum parade, a classical mask dance, traditional dance, a Miss Thailand beauty contest and a fashion parade featuring Thai silk.

Over at the Deakin stage, you’ll see up-and-coming fighters participating in a Muay Thai exhibition fights.

Meanwhile at the River Terrace, you can indulge your taste buds with 20 different food tents offering delicacies from Melbourne’s premier Thai restaurants. If you’re wanting to pick up some new threads, various stalls will also be there selling Thai clothing on the day. The Singha Beer Garden will be on the grounds as well serving up Singha beer all day while live bands will keep you entertained.

To check out in details what the festival has to offer, head to their official website.