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The Weekender: April 17-19

Emily Umstad

Wed Apr 15 2015

Indonesia street festival

SUNDAY is the day folks, where Melbourne comes alive with event after event after event – from multicultural celebrations with the Indonesian Street Festival and Vibrant Balaclava, to the Take 2 pre-loved and vintage fashion pop-up event which promises to be a bargain hunter’s paradise. Emily Umstand has more.

indonesian street festival

The Indonesia Street Festival takes place this Sunday, and is a celebration of the culture, taste, sights and sounds of Indonesia. Image: Supplied

Indonesian Street Festival – Kartini Day 
Sunday, April 19 (10am-4pm); Queen Victoria Market

This Sunday, immerse yourself in the culture, taste, sights and sounds of Indonesia. The Indonesian Street Festival is an annual event for the Indonesian community to share their rich culture and heritage.

In addition to tucking into some of the best in Indonesian cuisine at the festival, you’ll also get a chance to catch traditional dance performances of the Indonesian archipelago from Sumatra to the Eastern sea of Indonesia.

If you’re not content to be a mere spectator, you can take part in competitions, music and language workshops – or even better, come dressed in traditional Indonesian batik!

Activities aside, the festival also celebrates an important day in Indonesian tradition called Kartini Day. Similar to Mother’s Day or Women’s Day, Kartini Day honours the role women play in Indonesian society.

For more information about the Indonesian Street Festival, check out the City of Melbourne’s What’s On page as well as the festival organiser’s website.

Take 2 Markets
Sunday April 19 (9am-4pm); Queen Victoria Market, C Shed (near the Peel St entrance)


While you’re at the Queen Victoria Market, why not make your way to the Take 2 second hand and vintage clothing pop-up event and see if you can nab some great fashion bargains!

Browse more than 30 stalls of pre-loved designer fashion, respected high street brands and vintage finds from the private collections of boutique owners and fashion lovers. Brands you can expect to find include sass & bide, Marc Jacobs, Life With Bird, Alice McCall and many many more.

Plus, everyone who attends the market can enter a competition to win a vintage style ladies bike from Reid Cycles!

For more information about the event, brands and stalls on the day, head to the Take2 Markets Facebook events page.

Vibrant Balaclava
Sunday, April 19 (10:30am-2:30pm); Carlisle St (Balaclava)

Vibrant Balaclava

Explore another corner of multicultural Melbourne by heading down to Balaclava this Sunday. The title of the event says it all, really.

Vibrant Balaclava will be a celebration of the local vibrant and diverse community, as Carlisle St comes alive to the sounds of African drumming, Indian Sitarplaying and Hungarian gypsy tunes to name a few.

You’ll also get a chance to sample foods from all around the world, from Vietnamese street food to Mexican nibbles and Italian delicacies.

For more information, including the full event program, head to City of Port Phillip’s website

ANZACS On The Wall
Sunday April 19 (2.30pm-3.45pm); Auditorium, Shrine of Remembrance (Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne)


In the lead up to Anzac Day on April 25, a free event is being held at the Shrine of Remembrance to commemorate the many young Australians who served in the First World War.

Anzac Day is one of Australia’s most important national occasions, and marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

Written by the young serviceman Danny Clancy when he journeyed through Gallipoli 100 years ago during World War One, ANZAC on the Wall will be a special performance presented by singers, songwriters and entertainers Jim Brown and Vince Brophy, as they take you on the journey of the ANZAC’s through songs, poems and stories.

The event will provide a meaningful opportunity for those interested in better understanding an important piece of Australian war history.

This event is free, but a gold coin donation is welcomed. For more information, or to book, visit the Shrine of Remembrance website