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Melbourne Day Birthday Celebrations: Docklands, Sunday 27 August. Celebrate Melbournes 182nd birthday. Board the replica of the Enterprize schooner that brought our first settlers, enjoy free birthday cupcakes...

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    City Calendar

    Melbourne Day Birthday Celebrations

    Docklands, Sunday 27 August. Celebrate Melbourne's 182nd birthday. Board the replica of the Enterprize schooner that brought our first settlers, enjoy free birthday cupcakes. Sunday Docklands Market on Harbour Esplanade open from 10am to 5pm. Live entertainment from legendary rockers Wendy Stapleton and Paul Norton, 80s stars Brian Mannix, Scott Carne and Ally Fowler, also featuring Peta Evans-Taylor from The Voice 2015. Visit www.melbourneday.com.au for details.

    Slide, Skate and Chill

    The Common Man, 39 Dukes Walk, South Wharf. Closes 31 August. Open and active every day. Enjoy the skating rink and toboggan slide, then relax with a coffee, hot chocolate or cocktail at the Absolute Vodka & Lavazza Coffee Chill Out Zone. Pies, hot dogs, donuts, and a range of dinner and drink specials available at the surrounding restaurants. Date Night Thursdays includes 2 skating passes and 2 cocktails on arrival in $60 couples package. More information and bookings at Common Man or online at www.thecommonman.com.au/skate-slide-chill

    Dialogue in the Dark

    Harbour Town, Docklands. Closes 31 August. A unique experience of what it is like living with blindness. Be guided in total darkness around a park, an apartment, and some iconic Melbourne sights, but all indoors! Tickets online or at the venue, prices between $19.50 and $43.30. Discounts for RACV members. Sessions run throughout the day, except on Mondays. Phone 1300 411 881 or visit www.dialogueinthedark.com.au for times and details.

    Hokusai Art Exhibition

    National Gallery of Victoria, 21 July 21 until 15 October. Iconic artwork from influential Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai. Featuring 176 of the master painter and printmaker's works, including his views of Mt Fuji, waterfalls, Eight Views of the Ryūkyū Islands, birds and flowers, historical poetry, and rare prints and paintings from book illustrations. Voluntary Guide tours on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 1.30pm. Booking not required but exhibition fees apply.

    City Eat & Drinks

    Nong Tang Noodle House

    Shop 16-17, 200 Bourke Street. The only restaurant in Australia offering the full range of genuine Shanghai cuisine. Includes Yangchun Noodles, panfried dumplings, “Eight Treasures” Chilli, Shanghai-style Duck in Sauce, “Old Pork Chop” and more. Open from 11.30am every day except Monday. For enquiries or bookings, phone 9639 9258 or email princeyiwen@hotmail.com.

    Bar Tour of Melbourne                   

    Saturday 26 August. Bookings close Friday 25 August. Foodi Walking Tours introduces you to the finest drinking spots in town, a variety of bars that have been hand-picked for their atmosphere, unique characteristics and beverages on offer. Try something new and discover interesting venues. Food not included. Book or find out more at foodi.com.au/bars-of-melbourne or call 1300 39 40 41.

    Murder at the Zoo

    Melbourne Zoo, Elliott Ave, Parkville. Saturday 9 September, 6.20pm to 10.30pm. Enjoy a 2 course dinner and unlimited beverages for a 1970s disco-style theme night. Please dress to suit the theme. The event will involve solving the mhystery of a murder on the dance-floor of the Bong Su disco. Tickets $149 per person or $141 for Zoo Members. Book at  www.melbournezooevents.com.au/upcoming-events. 

    City Shopping


    Basement, 138 Little Collins Street. The temple of avant-garde fashion and luxury minimalism for men and women. High-end brands from Junya Watanabe, Comme des Garçons, Vivienne Westwood, locally made in-house brand and more. Open Mon-Sat 11am-5.30pm. Phone 96540158 or visit assin.com.au.

    Hello Day                  

    185 Bourke Street, 12 noon to 9pm. Wide range of imported Japanese products, including makeup and skincare. Brands include Pola, SK-II, and Cosme Decorte. Hello Day also stocks Japanese supplements, weight loss products and Japanese snacks. Phone 9671 4387 or visit Japanese language site at helloday.com.au. 

    City Entertainment

    Jankara Karaoke

    300 Russell Street, Melbourne. Open every day 7am-1am, Sat-Sun until 5am. Free karaoke – just pay for your food and drinks. Over 5,000 karaoke songs in English, Japanese, Chinese and Filipino. Enjoy Japanese bar snacks and hot dogs & pizza. Breakfast available in the morning, and coffee is served during the day. Phone 9662 4042 or visit jankara.com.au.

    Fed Square Live

    Free concerts at The Square & ACMI, Fed Square, Thursdays from 7pm. 24 August: Zimbabwean singer Niasha and PNG jazz-soul singer Kaiit. 31 August: French musette gypsy punk band Cyclo Timik and avant pop artist Umlaut. See fedsquare.com/events/fed-square-live for details.

    Live @ The Toff

    The Toff in Town, Level 2, 252 Swanston St Walk,  Melbourne. Open every day. Live entertainment and club/bar area with late night dining. Australian performing arts including music, dance, comedy, and theatre, and touring international acts. Featuring live music most nights, the room turns into a nightclub later into the night. To see what's on at The Toff visit www.thetoffintown.com/stageside or phone 9639 8770. Tickets from Moshtix 1300 GET TIX (438 849).

    Editor's Pick

    “Three Monks”

    Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio, Saturday 2 September. Two shows only: 11am and 5pm. Play for childrens 4+, presented by China National Theatre for Children. Based on an ancient Chinese legend, the play mixes traditional Chinese opera, martial arts and classic elements of Chinese culture to explore of unity, cooperation and harmony between man and nature. For bookings visit artscentremelbourne.com.au or phone 1300 182 183.

    Fashion Week Music Shows

    Town Hall forecourt, every day 1-8 Sep 5-10pm. Live performances and DJ sets from the city’s rising music stars. Includes Jennifer Loveless, Ying Li Hooi, Laila Sakini, Sui Zhen, Maya Hirasedo and many more. Full program and details at mfw.melbourne.vic.gov.au/program. 

    Chinese Fortunes

    Melbourne Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders St, Until March 2018. Exhibition telling the incredible story of thousands of Chinese who made their way from South Australia to the Victorian gold rush in the 1850s to seek their fortune. Ticket Cost: Adults $14, Free for Members, Concession Holders and Children.


    Spring Into Fashion For City's Week Of Glamour

    Every September, Melbourne's Spring Fashion Week gives retailers, designers and models a chance to put their work on show before the public and the fashion industry.

    This fantastic event has something for everyone. Here you can see the latest clothing, accessories and designs from the city’s top designers. Many top designers sponsor runway events to promote their brands, and business partnerships often form between brands, models and designers.

    During the week there are also workshops for anyone who wants to develop their career in the fashion industry as a designer, photographer or model.

    The week begins on Friday 1 September with a full night of fashion, shopping and entertainment. Event partner Vogue Australia presents Vogue American Express Fashion’s Night Out, with hundreds of retailers offering exclusive specials and in-store experiences across the city. Little Bourke Street will be transformed into a spectacular open-air runway for a fashion parade.

    Shops and boutiques across the city’s retail precincts, from Melbourne Central to Collins Street, will be abuzz with specially curated retail offers, activations and entertainment.

    Ethical Clothing Australia, working with local textile, clothing and footwear companies towards a more transparent and accountable garment industry, presents a showcase of designs by leading ethical fashion labels. The voluntary program offers practical assistance to businesses, and ensures that their Australian supply chains are traceable and legally compliant.

    The Global Indigenous Showcase, co-presented with Global Indigenous Management, presents collections by Indigenous fashion designers from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Nations.

    Set outdoors in a concealed carpark, MFW’s Garage Runway showcases new season looks from some of the city’s most exciting talent. Known for their fresh perspectives and distinct Melbourne edge, these independent labels embody the creativity and originality the city is known for.

    From 5pm to 10pm daily, the Town Hall forecourt will feature live music from a variety of performers and DJs. The Town Hall is also the site of the MFW Bar, open every night for you to sit back, relax and grab a cocktail. While you’re there, take a wander through the Creative Collective Exhibition of work by Melbourne’s innovative independent designers and artists, and skincare labels Kevin.Murphy and MECCA pop-ups.

    You can attend any sessions you like, or purchase VIP packages in advance. VIP packages offer guests a premium service with wonderful hospitality, behind-the-scenes experiences and the very best seating during the runway shows.

    For full details, see the MFW program at mfw.melbourne.vic.gov.au.

    Thuy P




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