The Weekender: December 8 – 10
African Music and Cultural Festival
Saturday, December 9 (11.00am – 10.00pm) | Federation Square (Corner of Flinders St & Swanston St, Melbourne)
Head to Federation Square for a wondrous display of African culture this weekend! The African Music and Cultural Festival is the largest festival of its kind in Australia and celebrates the incredible diversity of Africa. With more 35 countries uniquely represented at the event, the African Music and Cultural Festival aims to break down barriers to the social and cultural understanding of the African-Australian community here in Victoria.
Expect live performances from West African reggae band Ras Jahknow, lawyer-turned-rapper Simba Mak, Burundian drummers and experience a Desert Rose Egyptian traditional dance that is sure to entertain the masses. African street food will also be available and the opportunity to win amazing prizes will also be happening at the festival.
For more on the African Music and Cultural Festival, visit their official website.
Japanese Festive Market
December 1 – December 22 (Tuesday – Saturday: 10.00am – 5.00pm; Closed Sunday and Monday) | Kimono House (Level 2, Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston St, Melbourne)
Looking for gifts for the Japan enthusiast in your life?
Visit the Japanese Festive Market at Kimono House and get your Christmas shopping sorted this weekend. The Kimono House, located inside Nicholas Building on Swanston St, converts its gallery space into a Japanese style market with a unique range of gifts and take-home decorations for this festive season.
From cute accessories, DIY Japanese-inspired Christmas decoration craft kits, textiles and more at the Japanese Festive Market, there’s plenty for shoppers to browse and buy at the Kimono House.
For more information on Kimono House, visit their website.
Lobster Shack Pop-up Restaurant
November 30 – December 22 (Everyday: 12.00pm – 9.00pm) | Arts Centre Melbourne (100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne)
Fancy something a bit different in your sandwich rolls? Look no further than Lobster Shack, the lobster roll that became a hit in Sydney. Together with Veuve Clicquot, these affordable lobster rolls can be purchased at the Arts Centre Melbourne Forecourt for three weeks leading up to Christmas.
Consisting of a wild-caught Clearwater Main lobster tail, slow cooked in a butter bath, and served inside a freshly toasted brioche bun with buttermilk slaw, this lobster roll is also served alongside a side of Parmesan truffle fries. If you’re looking for something more, a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne can also be purchased to complete the set.
If your mouth is already watering like ours is, be sure to rush to the Arts Centre Melbourne Forecourt and grab your roll today!
Find out more about Lobster Shack over at its official Facebook page.
December 1 – April 1 (7.00pm – 11.00pm; Closed Mondays) | Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (100 Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne)
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The Moonlight Cinema season has kicked off, bringing yet another round of amazing films to catch on a large screen outdoors in the surrounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens.
This weekend, viewers have three options ahead of them: women-powered ensemble comedy Bad Moms 2 on Friday, the John Cena-voiced animation Ferdinand, and the racially-charged new film from Katheryn Bigelow, Detroit, on Sunday.
Never been to a Moonlight Cinema screening? Take your favourite picnic rug with you and make it an evening to remember – bringing your own snacks is encouraged! If you’d rather just see what’s available to nibble and drink, the timely combo of popcorn, ice cream and drink is offered at $16. Alcohol can also be purchased on-site too.
Want to see what else is screening at Moonlight Cinema? Check out the Melbourne program over at their website.