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The Weekender: August 18 – 20

Yasmin Khushairi

Thu Aug 17 2017


From Robe to Chinese Fortunes 
August 20, 2017 – March 4, 2018 | Community Gallery, Immigration Museum (400 – 424 Flinders St, Melbourne)

When the gold rush struck Australia, thousands of Chinese men and women made their way across the sea hoping to make their fortunes.

For a glimpse at what Chinese miners experienced during this colonial period and to further understand the facets of Chinese diaspora in Australia, visit the Immigration Museum’s new From Robe to Chinese Fortunes exhibition opening this weekend and gain insight over the hardships, spirit and legacies of the Chinese during this time period. 

You can also celebrate the exhibition at its kick-off Chinese Fortunes Festival this Sunday too where you can expect lion dancing, live music, dumpling tastings, art installations and other various activities for a fun-filled day! 

For more information and tickets, visit the official website.

Madame Brussels Lane European Night Market
Friday, August 18 (4.00pm – 10.30pm) | Madame Brussels Lane (50 Lonsdale St, Melbourne)

Don’t miss the last two Fridays of this month to have a taste of Europe as the Madame Brussels Lane is transformed into a winter wonderland.

Back for its fourth year, the European Night Market this year has got more stalls for all you foodies and sees the return of its famous mulled wine with a special feature of warm butter rum, live music and more.

So bring your family and friends, dress warm and enjoy Christmas in August! Entry is free but bring money in case you want to spend.

For more information visit the official website.

Melbourne International Film Festival
August 3 – 20 (Various times) | Various locations

Calling out film junkies! Don’t miss the final weekend of Australia’s largest showcase of international and local cinema – the Melbourne International Film Festival!

Catch some of the best films the festival has to offer across various genres, old and new, from Australia and around the world and many other exciting screenings.

Films such as Chinese coming-of-age drama Stonehead, Cannes’ award winning drama Loveless, Australian classic Balibo and many more await (including fun and out of this world virtual reality experiences).

Whether you’re into documentaries, action films or you simply appreciate a good soundtrack, there is something here for everyone. Grab your tickets now before they sell out!

For more information visit the official website.

Supersense: Festival of the Ecstatic
August 18, 2017 – August 20, 2017 | Arts Centre Melbourne (100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne)

Arts Centre Melbourne is collaborating with wandering curator and performer Sophia Brous to bring you a three-day ecstatic experience.

The ‘festival-as-theatre’ will showcase international artists such as Spiritualized, Pussy Riot Theatre, The Ecstatic Music of Alice and more. A confluence of ritual, expression and transformation featuring more than 14 Australian exclusives, 13 Australian premieres, four world premieres and five Supersense commissions is sure to leave your mind blown.

To see what else is on, visit the festival’s website where you can also check out the schedule and buy tickets.