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The Weekender: November 4 – 6

Vondra Tay

Thu Nov 03 2016


CHECK out the Melbourne Design Market, choose to go vegan for a day, attend a musical for everyone of all ages, or watch models strut their stuff wearing haute couture at the Viktor & Rolf exhibition. Vondra Tay has got you covered this weekend.

Vegan Eats Brew and Food Fest
Saturday, November 5 (All day) | Michael St, Brunswick

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What started out as an Instagram page clueing vegans in on the best meat-free food and drink in Melbourne has since become a massive free entry street party.

The Vegan Eats Brew and Food Fest will be bringing some Melbourne’s favourite restaurants, cafés and breweries together in Brunswick to celebrate the best vegan grub around town. The stellar line-up includes Brunswick café Ray, Doughnut Time, Lord of the Fries, and even Brunswick pub The Cornish Arms. While some of these places are not exclusively vegan establishments, they have still earned their vegan stripes with their not-so-secret vegan menu items.

An extensive number of craft breweries and wineries have also passionately crafted and included some of Australia’s best vegan drinks to quench the thirst of party-goers. I know what you’re thinking; aren’t beers and wines not vegan-friendly? Yes, but the selected craft breweries and wineries that will be joining the party has the vegan tick of approval. What’s not to love when there’s both good food and booze?

For more information and updates, check the event’s Facebook page.

Melbourne Design Market
Sunday, November 6 (All day) | Federation Square

Located in the carpark below Federation Square, the Melbourne Design Market returns ahead of the Christmas shopping rush to attract those who love buying custom arts and crafts.

Whether it be fashion, homewares, jewellery, or art supplies, this year’s Melbourne Design Market will be featuring a selection of designers from all over the world. Think technology-driven designs, children’s clothing, and Japanese homewares.

Melbourne Design Market will be a great day to check out the latest designs by Melbourne’s entrepreneurial designers and artists as well great food and coffee from The Bean Alliance. Head on down, you never know what treasures you might find.

For more information and updates, please visit their website.

Matilda the Musical
Sunday March 13 – Tuesday, November 11 (Various times) | Princess Theatre


Winner of five Tony Awards and a huge success on Broadway, don’t miss out on the last two weeks of Matilda the Musical.

Meant for people of all ages, the show is full of rambunctious fun, and is one of the few shows that actually lives up to its hype. It is also riotously uplifting, as it discusses crucial issues like horrible parenting, the fears of growing up, and the disappointments of childhood.

Matilda will appeal to the child in every adult, and perhaps, even more so for the adult in every child. Here’s a tip – rock up to the theatre just before the show starts in hopes of getting discounted tickets.

For more information and updates, please visit the Matilda website.

Viktor & Rolf: Fashion Artists
Friday, October 21 – Sunday, February 26 (10.00am – 5.00 pm daily) | National Gallery of Victoria

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Ever seen something quirky and thought to yourself, “I could probably wear that”? Well now you can fully envision it at the Viktor & Rolf Fashion Artists exhibition, where they explore the radical concepts of ‘wearable art’.

In response to the much talked about question of whether fashion can ever be part of the art world, Viktor & Rolf brought out the Wearable Art haute couture collection in fall 2015, where models strutted down the runway decked in dresses hemmed with hinged frames (yes, frames!) that could be taken off and also displayed as artworks in a gallery.

Showing their most show-stopping and innovative works, visitors can also access a video gallery of runway footage, illustrating the complexity of Viktor & Rolf’s runway shows, which are often alike to performance art.

This exhibition may or may not be for everyone, but there’s no harm in checking it out.

For more information and updates, please visit the NGV website.