The Weekender: July 21 – 23

Iraamin and Tumi The Be
Friday, July 21 (8.30pm) | Grace Darling Hotel (114 Smith St, Collingwood)


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Artist Iraamin offers music reflective of his time in a refugee camp in war torn Burundi. Influenced by Southern style hip hop, his work captures the realities of growing up in a time of uncertainty.

For music with a message, Iraamin’s work presents a rare look into what it takes to rebuild after adversity. Accompanied by rapper Tumi The Be, this performance promises entertainment from start to finish. Start your weekend with some tunes by checking out their website.

To book yourself in, visit the performance’s Eventful page

Hot Dog Eating Competition 2017
Saturday, July 22 (11.00am – 6.00pm) | Luna Park (18 Lower Esplanade, Saint Kilda)

Image by: Stefan Muth via Flickr

For an adventurous mid-weekend pick up that’ll have you regaling stories throughout the week and beyond, try this stomach churning challenge.

Commemorating the much anticipated International Hot Dog Month, Luna Park is hosting its annual Hot Dog Eating Competition. Bring a friend with an appetite to admire to snag the coveted title of 2017 Hot Dog Eating Champion. For those that can stomach it, this year’s prize promises $500, a trophy for bragging rights, and an annual pass to Luna Park Melbourne.

If you think you’ve got the guts to take you to glory, register your place on the official website. This high stakes environment isn’t for everyone, but if for those with a penchant for a free lunch (or ten), this mouth-watering test is for you.

For information on how you can get involved, head to their website.

The Dark Side of Fashion
Friday, July 21 (11.00am – 5.00pm) | RMIT Gallery (Building 16, 344 Swanston St, Melbourne)

Image by: Chealse Vo

For an event that dares to dazzle without shying away from confronting truths, The Dark Side of Fashion takes an up close and personal look at the hidden truths of the industry.

If you’ve got creative flair and a sense of curiosity, this exhibit offers an engaging take on how consumer habits intersect with fashion industry practices.

Shedding light on the hidden side of runway looks, couture costumes, and everything aesthetic, this event makes for an evening out with an educational edge. All artwork is created by university fashion and textiles students, lending this showcase a contemporary advantage.

For more information, visit their website.

Saturday, July 22 (7.00pm – 9.00pm) | Next Level Studios (325 Victoria St, Brunswick)

Image by: Raw Melbourne via Facebook

Portraying current social and political structures through a dystopian and subversive lens, ‘RAW.’ offers an array of analytical fodder to sink your teeth into.

Breaking down social constructs, this performance explores the complexity of autonomous identity in a one night only exclusive showing.

Artistic expression is not limited in ‘RAW.’, with the show boasting spoken word and visual art from local and international artists. This self-proclaimed “part exhibition, part performance, part immersive experience” blends creative mediums and ideas to create a piece that’s visually stunning and intellectually engaging.

To get tickets to this experience, head to the show’s Eventbrite page.

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