The Weekender: May 21 – 23
1. Poets for Myanmar: 111 Days of Protest
Photo: PEN Melbourne
111 days after the start of the coup d’etat in Myanmar, PEN Melbourne is hosting a fundraiser to support the writers of Myanmar, who are committed to resisting and speaking out against the injustices caused by the military coup.
Come and listen to the voices of Myanmarese writers and poets, and view creations from the #100projectors international art project- a collection of artists, writers, videographers and galleries who join the Burmese people in their protest.
You can support this fundraiser by purchasing a $20 ticket on Eventbrite.
2. Stress Less Fest
Photo: Victoria University
If you’ve been feeling a bit stressed lately, perhaps you might enjoy some of the upcoming online and in-person Stress Less workshops hosted by Victoria University’s counselling team!
The festival will run for two weeks, with a variety of different workshops that aim to help you manage and reduce your stress. This includes tips on how to stop procrastinating, general advice on how to look after your mental health, and much more.
Register for free tickets to the sessions you want to attend on Eventbrite.
3. Beyond Perception
If you have an interest in contemporary art, this free exhibition by Melbourne artist Peter ‘CTO’ Seaton might be worth checking out!
This event serves as an introduction to the works created by the artist, which includes large-scale murals painted across Melbourne- a selection of oil, aerosol and screen printing works- as well as an exclusive sculptural installation created in collaboration with artist, Subphi.
You can grab free tickets to this week-long exhibition here!
4. ButohOUT! 2021 New Ab/Normal
Experience a surreal, absurd and euphoric performance that showcases Butoh, a form of Japanese dance theatre. Odd Hours and its diverse range of performers offer a visual and psychological labyrinth, exploring differing notions of ‘abnormality’ and how it can become the ‘new normal’ with the passing of time.
Visit the ButohOUT! website for more information on ticket prices and performance times.
5. Turkish Pazar- Tastes of Turkey
Photo: What’s On Melbourne
Take a quick trip to Turkey without leaving Australia!
The Turkish Pazar recreates the street bazaars of Turkey, where you can have a taste of delicious Turkish food (with vegan and vegetarian options!), learn more about the culture, and enjoy live performances!
If you’ve ever wanted to dig into some gözleme and mantı, you can learn more about the event here!