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The Weekender: September 2 – 4

Hieu Chau

Wed Aug 31 2016


EXPLORE the cinematic worlds of South Korea, sample Japan’s anime culture, make new friends with photography or support the future of designers and crafters this weekend! Hieu Chau has you covered.

Thursday, September 1 – Thursday, September 8 (Various times) | Australian Centre for the Moving Image (Federation Square)


Fans of Korean cinema won’t want to miss out on the 7th edition of the Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA). Taking place once again at the bastion of cinema in Melbourne — the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) — this year’s program provides a solid selection from the surreal, the romantic and the violent.

If you’re after something horrific, take on the hellish world of The Wailing on Friday, September 2 at 8.00pm. Or how about something lighter? Maybe romantic comedy, Like for Likes, on Saturday at 7.00pm is for you? And if you’re after a massive scale blockbuster, Assassination might be right up your alley and screens on Saturday afternoon at 4.00pm.

Whatever you choose, it’s sure to be a fun day out at the movies so make sure you see some of these hit Korean films on ACMI’s giant cinema screen before it goes away!

To find out more about the program, have a look at Natalie Ng’s report on the festival. More information about KOFFIA 2016 can be found at its official website.

Madman Anime Festival
Saturday, September 3 – Sunday, September 4 (10.00am – 6.00pm, both days) | Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf)


Moving from South Korea to Japan, this weekend will see the nerdy culture of Japan imported to Melbourne thanks to the Madman Anime Festival!

The festival, taking place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, is a celebration of all things anime, gaming, manga and Japanese culture, and will offer plenty for attendees on the day to see and explore. Buy exclusive merchandise, browse around for some unique fan creations, demo upcoming video games like Final Fantasy XV and Tekken 7, take photos with stunning cosplayers or get to know the voices behind some of your favourite characters!

There’s heaps to get up at the festival so don’t miss the chance to celebrate this inaugural anime event and wear your nerd badge with honour!

To find out more about the festival, have a look at Samantha Chew’s report on the festival. More information about the Madman Anime Festival can be found its official website.

People with Cameras
Saturday, September 3 (4.30pm – 7.00pm) | Fitzroy Gardens (230-298 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne)


If you’re new to Melbourne or simply want to make new friends, the Fujifilm Australia’s People with Cameras event might be best for you! The event is designed for people with an interest in photography to meet up, improve their photography skills and enjoy some fresh air outside (soak in that spring weather!).

On the day, you’ll join a small group and will be tasked with taking photos to a particular theme (to be announced on the day). After you’ve taken your photos, the winning image will net you and your group some fantastic photographic prizes!

So get on down to Fitzroy Gardens this weekend, get your photography skills working and meet new people in the process!

For more information People with Cameras, visit its Eventbrite page and register your interest. This event is FREE.

RMIT Design Market 
Friday, September 2 (4.00pm – 10.00pm) | Level 2, Link Bridge, Melbourne Central (Corner Swanston and Londsdale St)

Melbourne loves its markets and this weekend, you’ll get the chance to support RMIT students and the next wave of designers and crafters by potentially buying your way through a veritable array of arts and crafts made by your peers!

The RMIT Design Market will go down at the linking bridge between Emporium Melbourne and Melbourne Central and gives students and alumni a chance to test their products in a commercial marketplace while also giving consumers the opportunity support local and emerging talent.

So if you’re keen on grabbing some new decorative trinkets and designs to fill your home with, make RMIT Design Market your go-to one-stop shop this weekend!

To find out more on the RMIT Design Market, visit the official Facebook event page