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The Weekender: July 29 – 31

Justin Lim

Thu Jul 28 2016


PARTY with purpose in Fitzroy, celebrate Christmas in July in Malvern, check out some amazing wonders the Melbourne Observatory has or see something at the Melbourne International Film Festival. Justin Lim has you covered this weekend! 

Co-Ground’s Hip-Hop Hooray Party
Friday, July 29 (8.00pm – 11.30pm) | The Night Cat (137 – 141 Johnston St, Fitzroy)

Do you want to party all night while making the world a better place? Then party with a purpose at the Night Cat in Fitzroy!

The party is hosted by Co-Ground, a charity that aims to improve education and livelihood on a global scale, and is in celebration of the charity’s huge crowdfunding campaign.

The event will feature great hip-hop talents such as Philly, the 2015 National Indigenous Music Award Winner, local rap battle emcee champions, The Psyde Projects, MD-DJs, Adrian Eagle and more to be announced.

The event will cost $15 per entry at the door and all proceeds from the night will be directed to Co-Ground’s Crowdfunding Campaign.

To learn more, visit the event’s official Eventbrite page.

Melbourne International Film Festival 2016
Thursday, July 28 – Sunday, July 14 (Various times) | Various locations

For some, winter doesn’t just signal a cold change in weather – it also marks the arrival of a new edition of the Melbourne International Film Festival. What better way to escape the cold than in the heated interior of a movie theatre and catching the best in world cinema?

This Saturday, you can still get tickets to the five-hour Japanese film Happy Hour, described as an arthouse Sex & the City, or to The Eagle Huntress, a documentary about a young Mongolian girl practicing the art of falconry. The documentary is executive produced by Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley.

As for Sunday, tickets are still available for The Lovers and the Despot, a documentary about North Korean leader Kim Jong-il‘s kidnapping of the Brangelina of South Korea in the 1950s and Indignation, a coming-of-age period drama starring The Perks of Being a Wallflower‘s Logan Lerman.

For more on MIFF, check out Natalie’s highlights from this year’s festival

Viennese Christmas in July


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Saturday, July 30 (7.30 pm) | Malvern Town Hall (311 Glenferrie Rd, Malvern)

If you want to celebrate a cold, wintry Christmas in Australia, you should definitely check out the Viennese Christmas in July event. Held by the City of Stonnington, visitors will get to enjoy a Viennese style Christmas at the Malvern Town Hall located at the corner of Glenferrie Rd and High St.

The gala will feature stunning performances by Rosamund Illing, Roxane Hislop, Henry Choo and John Bolton Wood who will no doubt be enchanting attendees with their brilliant voices and will be supported by the Australian Children’s Choir and a full Orchestra led by Pat Miller. Stonnington’s iconic Compton Pipe Theatre Organ will also be joining the festivities.

Proceeds earned in this event will be going to Glenloch Inc., providing affordable independent living for aged pensioners. Tickets cost $45.

For more information, visit the event’s official page over at the City of Stonnington’s website

Open House Melbourne
Saturday, July 30 (10.00 am – 4.00 pm) | Melbourne Observatory

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This weekend the Melbourne Observatory will be taking part in Open House Melbourne, opening up areas that visitors might not normally get to see! | Image from Wikimedia Commons

For those looking to experience the local culture and history of Melbourne, Open House Melbourne is a great way to learn about the rich history of one of the city’s most storied attractions: Melbourne Observatory.

Founded in 2008, Open House Melbourne aims to connect the denizens of Melbourne with the rich architectural culture and history of the city.

Visitors will be treated to a free solar tour in the Melbourne Observatory and will be able to view the sun through the observatory’s powerful telescope. Tours for the Melbourne Observatory will be held every 15 minutes from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.  Visitors can also tour the Observatory’s South Equatorial Complex and the Astrograph House.

Constructed between 1861 – 1863, the Melbourne Observatory has been used for a variety of activities over the years including stargazing, star mapping, gathering meteorological data and keeping accurate time.

To learn more, visit the Melbourne Observatory’s official event page over at Open House Melbourne’s website.