The Weekender: July 14 – 16
Melbourne City Wrestling – Fight to Survive
Saturday, July 15 (Doors at 6.30pm; Show at 7.30pm) | Ukrainian Hall (3 – 11 Russell St, Essendon)
Did you know there’s actually some really great independent wrestling in Melbourne? If you’re familiar with WWE names like Emma, TM61 and Peyton Royce, you should know that they’ve all performed in an Melbourne City Wrestling (or MCW) ring at some point in their career. Now, with even newer names soon coming to WWE’s developmental brand, NXT, there’s no better time to get into Australia’s pro-wrestling scene than now.
And what better way to start than by heading to the MCW Arena at Ukranian Hall in Essendon this weekend where you can catch crowd favourites like MCW Heavyweight Champion, Dowie James, go toe-to-toe with New Zealand’s ‘The Monogamous’ TK Cooper.
Other wrestlers you can expect from this card include the always terrific Kellyanne and recently crowned MCW Tag Team Champions, The Brat Pack.
For more information on Melbourne City Wrestling, visit the official website.
Melbourne Documentary Film Festival
Saturday, July 15 – Sunday, July 16 | Cinema Nova (380 Lygon St, Carlton)
If you love documentary storytelling, you won’t want to miss out on the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival taking place at one of Melbourne’s finest film establishments, Cinema Nova.
The two-day festival will celebrate the best in documentaries with featured films having screened at major festivals including Hot Docs, SXSW, Sundance, Cannes and much more.
One film we can recommend is Tunnel Vision, an Australian-made documentary focusing on the controversial East West Link toll road here in Melbourne and told from the perspective of the activists who strongly opposed its creation.
For the full program, please visit the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival’s website.
Nelson Mandela Day Celebrations
Thursday, July 15 (2.00pm – 6.00pm) | Federation Square (Corner of Swanston St & Flinders St)
Nelson Mandela’s mission to end apartheid in South Africa made him an inspirational political and philanthropic figure.
To commemorate his humanitarian legacy, head down to Federation Square this weekend to celebrate the man and to hear how stories of how his work influenced and impacted others.
Pay attention to speakers, hear music and listen to some spoken word poetry all in honour of Nelson Mandela’s memory.
For more information, visit Nelson Mandela Day Australia’s official website.
Indian Festival Melbourne
Saturday, July 15 – Sunday, July 16 | Queen Victoria Market (65 – 159 Victoria St, Melbourne)
This weekend, experience the beauty of Indian culture at Queen Victoria Market thanks to Indian Festival Melbourne.
See the vibrant colours, delicious flavours and gorgeous art of India at this cultural festival which will transform Queen St into the famous Chandhi chowk of Dehli.
Warm up with some chai, indulge yourself in a range of curries, and learn how you can take some of what you’ve tasted home in cooking demonstrations. And if you’ve ever wanted to feel like a Bollywood performer, workshops teaching you how to dance like one will also be available. Attendees can also get henna tattoos done too!
For more on Indian Festival Melbourne’s celebration of Indian culture, visit Beacon Holidays’ official website.