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The Weekender: August 26 – 28

Lunnie Gan

Thu Aug 25 2016


VISIT the Melbourne Writers Festival, see what trends are emerging at the Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, get your cosplay on at Animaga, or send off winter at Docklands with a fireworks display. Lunnie Gan has you set this weekend. 

2016 Melbourne Writers Festival
Friday, August 26 – Sunday, September 4 (Various times) | Various locations


Wannabe wordsmiths and avid readers, listen up! Melbourne Writers Festivals is the time of the year where writers, readers and stories connect all together in more than 350 thought-provoking events across ten days.

The 2016 Melbourne Writers Festival presents the cream of the international literary crop and boasts some world-class writing and publishing heavyweights. Through a vibrant line-up of conversation and discussion, storytelling, workshops and even live performance, you’ll definitely have a compelling list of reasons to leave the house this winter.

In addition, this festival signifies the launch of the first-ever Feminist Writers Festival as part of the program. Presenting the 2016 theme of ‘identity’, this year’s festival will definitely leave festival attendees plenty to think about as it explores what make us who we are.

If you’re interested, check what’s on at the Melbourne Writers Festival 2016 official website.

2016 Melbourne Spring Fashion Week
Friday, August 26 – Friday, September 2 (Various times) | Various locations

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It’s time to shed those winter coats and wave hello to the spring season with new pieces and designs! This Friday, Melbourne Spring Fashion Week (MSFW) will be kickstarted, showcasing a variety of fashion, shopping and entertainment experiences.

Spring is here and it’s bringing along a week-long line up of design workshops, runway shows, stylish markets and hybrid art installations. Be you a sophisticated fashionista or an ordinary Melbournian checking out new fashion collections, this event tailors to people for of all styles and threads.

One highlight of the event is its focus local talent. Being the premier fashion event of the season, Melbourne Spring Fashion Week promotes the unique fashions and designs by local top designers.

For the complete program of events and ticketing, visit 2016 Melbourne Spring Fashion Week’s official website

Animaga Expo 2016
Saturday, August 27 – Sunday, August 28 (10.00am – 6.00pm) | Melbourne Showgrounds (Epsom Rd, Ascot Vale)

Craving for a dose of Japanese pop culture? Unleash your inner otaku at Melbourne’s greatest Japanese anime convention — Animaga Expo at Melbourne Showground this weekend!

This event will fulfill the dreams of anime fans, promising an amazing showcase of expo highlights. Jump in a trading card battle at the Animaga card game area, test your gaming skills in the console area, swing into action in the cosplay competition or just chill and hang out with fellow anime lovers at the Animaga Maid and Butler Cafe.

Single day admission for an adult will cost you $27 while a weekend pass will cost you $45. Concession pricing is also available (single day admit: $24 | weekend pass: $45).  

If you can’t wait to unite with anime fans, you should definitely have a look at Animaga Expo 2016 official website.

Docklands Winter Fireworks
Saturday, August 27 – Sunday, August 28 (10.00am – 6.00pm) | Docklands Waterfront (Epsom Rd, Ascot Vale)

Catch the tail end of winter with the last show of spectacular fireworks down the bay! This Friday, end your winter with a bang and some colours with the free firework displays at Docklands Waterfront.

The action begins at 7.30pm but do turn up earlier at the waterfront to enjoy sparkling entertainment and good food! Coupled with the line-up of food trucks, live music and roving performers, prepare to be spell-bounded by the remarkable light show.

Sounds good? Check out Docklands Fireworks Facebook page. Take note of their social media updates in case of last-minute cancellations due to inclement weather.