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The Weekender: September 30 – October 2

Samantha Chew

Thu Sep 29 2016


OCCUPY your weekend with environmental documentaries at EFFA 2016, explore off-limit areas at the MCG, embrace Muslim culture through art and performances and build your own terrarium to brighten up your home. Samantha has your weekend covered.

Environmental Film Festival Australia 2016
Thursday, September 29 – Friday, October 7 (Various times) | Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)

Let’s face it, a lot of us barely know anything about the current environmental situation or how to help so where better to start than by checking out Environmental Film Festival Australia 2016?

In a bid to spread awareness about the future consequences of our current actions, various documentaries will be showing at ACMI that will both entertain, educate and mobilise people to “give a flick” about the environment. Bringing the best 27 environmental films to Melbourne, EFFA is back to instigate change once again.

What else can you expect from the festival? Find out how you can instigate change at panel discussions following select films, check out the festival’s ‘sustainable feast’ where an alternative food adventure is presented with, quite literally, grubs.

If you enjoy having drinks, eco-friendly beer will also be available to refresh attendees as well as raise funds for the Australian Marine Conservation Society.

Ticket prices varies on how many film passes you want and additional events you can participate in. For more information on the prices, visit the official website for more details.

MCG Open Day
Sunday, October 2 (11.00am – 4.00pm) | Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)


While recovering from the excitement of the 2016 AFL Grand Final, have a fun sporty day out with on the legendary grounds of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) this weekend!

Experience the MCG in a way that differs from the usual crowds of fans, in the fourth annual MCG Open Day where you are allowed to roam around the grounds and explore to your hearts content. For curious minds, off-limit areas will be open to the public which includes the player change rooms and historic MCC Long Room.

Additionally, various activities such photo ops with a replica of the 2016 Premiership Cup will be on offer and you can even have a chat with stars from the upcoming AFL women’s league!

For those who will be making it a whole day out, attendees can also visit the National Sports Museum at a discounted rate of only $5! The Museum houses Australia’s largest sport memorabilia collection, interactive zones and much more.

To make it even more enticing, the MCG Open Day is a FREE event so visit the official website and register!

SalamFest 2016
Saturday, October 1 (2.00pm – 10.00pm) | State Library Victoria

The first of its kind here in Melbourne, SalamFest 2016 is a pioneering Muslim Arts Festival. Immerse yourself in film, art and performances by contemporary international and local talents.

Performances include Whirling Dervish, Sufi music, Sufi instrumentals and Rumi’s recitals and spoken word. Experience how this rich culture comes together to both entertain and bring beauty to audiences.

Inclusively is the Muslim Film Festival where five short films and one feature film will be screened, tackling the experiences of tragedy, survival and spirituality at the State Library Victoria.

General admission tickets cost $20, while concession costs $15. Other types of tickets are also available and for more information, visit Salamfest’s Facebook event page.

Terrarium Making Workshop
Saturday, October 1 – Saturday, December 3 (11am – 1pm) | Nicholson St, Fitzroy

Love terrariums and little plants but too scared to make and maintain one? Those of you without green fingers, this is perfect for you!

Terrariums are little succulents and plants that survive well in a jar or class container and can become a self-sufficient eco-system that requires little to no maintenance. They are perfect for people who are time deficient or live in apartments with no garden space.

This weekend, join a two hour terrarium making workshop to get your plant collection growing! Just bring along a glass container (that you can fit your hand into) of any design and size and this class will teach you how to technically and aesthetically build your own little work of art terrarium!

All other materials will be provided — just show up in comfortable clothes. If you’re interested and wish to book a session, check out Passionfruut’s website.