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The Weekender: December 2 – 4

Tam Tran

Thu Dec 01 2016


SHOP around early for Christmas gifts, get a sense of the arts and culture around town or buy comics for $1.00 at Kathleen Syme Library. Tam Tran has your highlights for this weekend! 

The Big Design Market 
Friday, December 2 – Sunday, December 4 (Various times) | Royal Exhibition Building (9 Nicholson St, Carlton)

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With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to get your shopping list out and head to The Big Design Market.

With more than 230 stallholders across homewares, fashion, furniture, stationary and various other product categories, the event will be a wonderland for Christmas shoppers. If you place value on ethical, sustainable and good-quality products, this is definitely the place to be this weekend!

Held at the Royal Exhibition Building, the event’s admission is only $2 and free for kids. Here, you can shop to your heart’s desire while enjoying delicious food and drinks. You can also attend creative workshops and free activities too!

Don’t miss out on this spectacular Christmas sale. For more information on The Big Design Market, visit their official website.

Moth to the Flame
Wednesday, November 26 – Sunday, December 4 (Various times) | Gallery 39 (Level 2, 39 Little Collins St, Melbourne)

Escape common reality and dissolve into the artworks of 16 exceptional Melbourne artists at the ‘Moth to the Flame’ exhibition this weekend.

The exhibition features a series of paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures that explore the notion of gravity, illumination and convey hope and faith within the shadows.

It’s an exhibition so mesmerising that it’ll constantly draw you in, like moths flocking to the irresistible flame.

It’s your last chance to be drawn to the light this weekend! Head to the That’s Melbourne to find out more information about the exhibition.

Young Adult and Graphic Novel Book Sale
Saturday, December 3 (Noon – 4.00pm) | Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre (251 Faraday St, Carlton)

The Kathleen Syme Library is overflowing with book collections and a lot of these books need to go! So come and give them a hand by grabbing some young adult books and graphic novels at this weekend’s book sale at just $1 each!

This 139-year-old building, recently refurbished into an amazing library, is home to a collection of more than 40,000 items, a cafe and accessible spaces where the community can read, learn, connect and create.

If you are looking to broaden your collection or find new interesting reads, this book sale is the place to be. Who knows? You might even find your new favorite book!

Head to the Kathleen Syme Library this weekend for a sweet bargain before it’s gone. For more information, visit Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre’s webpage.

Mapping Melbourne 2016
Thursday, December 1 – Thursday, December 17 (Various times) | Various locations


Don’t worry, not everything is ending this weekend. Starting from December 1st, you can experience a series of free multicultural-art exhibitions throughout various locations in Melbourne CBD. This year, the fourth edition of Mapping Melbourne is celebrating unique Asian Australian and international identity.

Featuring established and emerging artists from various parts of Asia, the exhibition is an outstanding cultural experience that allows us to learn and understand each other in creative and expressive ways. Throughout this weekend, visitors can enjoy spectacular works such as MOYI: Ink Art, Mini Mapping: Symphony of Boxes and a Chinese Australian film screening.

This event is a must for culture-lovers in Melbourne! Experience a multitude of unique artistic and cultural works, appreciate the cultural distinctiveness in each piece and broaden your horizons — all for free!

For more information on Mapping Melbourne 2016, visit their official website to find booking details and explore other upcoming artworks.