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The Weekender: April 1 – 3

Zoe Law

Thu Mar 31 2016


MELBOURNE is alive with activity every weekend and this one upcoming is no different. There’s a fashion market and cultural festival to attend each day of the weekend! Zoe Law has more. 

Find out some stunning fashion and designed goods, or enjoy the music and food to celebrate cultural diversity. Zoe Law gives you the best way to explore the fashion capital of Australia and multicultural city over this weekend.

The Fashion Market
Saturday, April 2 (9am – 3pm) | Queen Victoria Market, C Shed

A new retail space has opened up at the Queen Victoria market.  The Fashion Market will open every Saturday from April 2 and is the place to be for fashion and accessory designers, and collectors of vintage and preloved fashion.

There are also opportunities for you to set up your own stall and you can do so by booking a stall online. Stall prices are $65 or $90, and discounts are provided for booking multiple dates.

Entry to the market is free, and you can find out more information via The Fashion Market website.

HYP Fest 2016
Saturday, April 2 (5pm-9pm) | Lygon Street

HYP Fest

Photo via HYP Fest Official Facebook Page

The HYP (Harmonious Youth Participation) Festival is a not-for-profit initiative which aims to raise and educate cultural awareness among the wider Australian society as well as promoting talented young people, and there’s no better way than to do it through music, dance, art and food!

Taking place at Piazza Italia on Lygon St this Saturday, HYP this year promises to be a special one as it coincides with the festival’s 10th anniversary.

Artists featured this year include Empat Lima (see video below) and Ahmad Masri, and belly dancing group Blue Fire.

Entry to the festival is free and you can get more details via the HYP Fest facebook page.

Indonesia Street Festival
Sunday, April 3 (9am – 4pm) | Queen Victoria Market

Indonesia street festival

The Indonesia Street Festival returns this Sunday for a third year, bringing you the tastes, sights and sounds of Indonesia. It’s a gathering not just for the Indonesian community living in Victoria, but also a showcase of the best of Indonesian culture.

More than 20 restaurants will be participating in this year’s festival, serving up traditional Indonesian fare and that of its South East Asian neighbours.

While you tuck in, enjoy cultural performances from the region, including traditional dancers from the Indonesian archipelago of Sumatra.

The event also celebrates a significant day in Indonesian tradition – Kartini Day, which symbolises Mother’s Day, a day that celebrates women’s roles within Indonesian society.

For those who are game, festival goers are also invited to attend the festival dressed in their traditional Indonesian outfits.

The event is free. Detail about the event are available via the City of Melbourne’s What’s On listing.

Autumn Design Market
Sunday, April 3 (10am – 4pm) | Federation Square

If you can’t make it to The Fashion Market on Saturday, here’s one more event for fashion lovers this weekend.

Some 75 makers, designers and master craftspeople from the local independent design scene will be setting up shop at the Autumn Design Market in The Atrium at Federation Square.

You can even browse and get a taste of what’s on offer even before you head down to the market, from fashionable pieces to art and home decor to health and beauty products – all ethically and Melbourne-made.

Entry to the market is free, and more information is available via the Melbourne Mystery Market website.