Bring your family to join in the festivities, learn more about Vietnamese culture, and indulge in delicious traditional food only found during Tet.
Sandown Racecourse, 591-659 Princes Hwy, Springvale, 26-27 January, Sat 26 Jan 10am-1am & Sun 27 Jan 10am-10pm. Early New Year celebration hosted by the Vietnamese community. Bring your family to join in the festivities, learn more about Vietnamese culture, and indulge in delicious traditional food only found during Tet. Dragon dancing, fireworks, popular Vietnamese singers, competitions and many other fun activities. For more information, visit www.tetfestival.com.au.
Fed Square Live 2018
Live music free at Federation Square through November and December. Every Friday from 6-9pm. Some of Melbourne and Australia's finest musical acts in this free series of concerts that range from dream-pop and soul to big band and rock 'n' roll. Performers include Amaya, Dream Can, Ben Hazelwood, The Killjoys, and many others. Check the program at fedsquare.com/events.
Gumbuya World, Tynong. Three sessions daily until Sunday 3 Feb. The Circus’s 40 minute summer spectacular is based on the classical circuses with glamorous costuming, lively music, traditional clowns, juggling acts, magic illusions and aerialists. Adults $10, Children & Seniors $5. For information visit gumbuya.com.au/whatson/gumbuya-circus.
Adelphi Hotel, 187 Flinders Lane, Melbourne. Open daily to all, not just hotel guests. Entry $35 per person, including towel hire and all day access. No booking required. The perfect place to cool off in the city, a glass-bottomed swimming pool extending two metres over the laneway nine storeys below. For more information visit adelphi.com.au or phone 8080 8888.
Eat & Drinks
Street Wrap - Co Thu Quan
536 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. Vietnamese eatery with both fusion and authentic flavours. Rolls and wraps, many different fillings to choose from, all spiced up for a modern twist but true to the flavours of Vietnam. Phone 9670 3108 for bookings or email from Streetwrap536@gmail.com for all catering needs, from office lunches to parties.
Crystal Jade Melbourne
154 Little Bourke Street, open daily 11.30am to 3pm & 5.30pm to 11pm, phone 9639 2633. Old Crystal Jade at 3-5 Waratah Place, open daily 5pm to 2am, phone 9662 1949. Top quality Chinese cuisine with full bar and vegetarian friendly. Great reputation for Chinese style seafood and yum cha, with outstanding service.
101 Collins Street, Melbourne. Stores also at Southbank and Chadstone. City store open from 10am Monday to Saturday. Chopard watches are works of art with innovative designs, winning awards since the 19th century for their high precision and reliability. For more information please visit chopard.com or phone 9662 3066.
Cnr Hopkins & Leeds Street, Footscray. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 7am. Fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, fish and seafood, poultry, all conveniently under one roof with parking for 800 cars and close to public transport. Contact management team to open a shop or stall. Phone 9687 1205 or visit www.footscraymarketvictoria.com.au.
Umi no uzu
Fairfax Studio, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne. Sunday 3 February 5pm. Integrating hip-hop and traditional Japanese court music in a contemporary jazz production, Umi no uzu means “stirring the oceans”. The work consists of six-movements that tell the creation story of Japan. Featured artists include creator Aaron Choulai (piano accordion/keyboard/electronics, Miyama McQueen-Tokita (koto), and Tokyo rapper Kojoe. Book at artscentremelbourne.com.au or phone 1300 182 183.
Auscarts Indoor Racing
50 Salmon Street, Port Melbourne. Daily until Sunday 3 February, 10am-10pm. Race at speeds up to 55kph in Sodi GT5 Karts with 6.5hrsp with Honda 200cc engine. Karts offer adjustable pedals and seating, and high energy frontal absorption system. Suitable for 13-17 year olds. Minimum 30 Laps per driver (20 minutes of racing). The track includes grading, sunken corners, pit land bridge, three long straights, fast sweepers, hairpin turns and two switchbacks. Cost: $1 per lap for a Minimum of 40 Laps. Bookings essential at www.auscarts.com.au.
Curtin Rooftop Cinema
Curtin House, 252 Swanston Street, between Little Bourke and Lonsdale Streets. Tuesday to Sunday, box office open 5pm to 9.30pm. Licensed bar. Classic films, nostalgic favourites and recent releases. Program runs until March 2019. Check program for movie starting times or book at 2018.rooftopcinema.com.au.
Hamer Hall, 100 St Kilda Road, Southbank. Wed 13 Feb 7.30pm–10pm. Visionary composer and conductor Tan Dun returns to Melbourne to celebrate the Year of the Pig. His Double Bass Concerto “The Wolf” reflects his fascination with the spirits of the natural world and the sounds and customs of the ancient cultures along the Silk Road. Joining Tan Dun and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is Hanggai, a troupe of musicians from the steppes of Inner Mongolia, combining traditional instruments with rock bravado. Book online at www.mso.com.au/whats-on/2019/chinese-new-year-east-meets-west or phone 9929 9600.
Peter Pan Sand Sculpting Exhibition
Boneo Maze & Mini Golf, 695 Limestone Road, Fingal. Open Daily 10am- 5pm until Sunday 31st March. Closed in extreme weather conditions. Sand Sculpting Australia is moving from Frankston to the beautiful surrounds of Boneo Maze on Mornington Peninsula. See 3,500 tonnes of sand transformed into incredible sculptures illustrating scenes from the timeless story of Peter Pan. Free Entry for children under 3, Child 3-17yrs $10, Senior $12, Adult $15.
Arcanacon Games Convention
Melbourne Exhibition Centre, 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf. Sat & Sun 26-27 January, 11 am to 11 pm. Arcanacon is a not-for-profit convention for everyone who enjoys role playing games. Suitable for beginners as well as vetern players. Over 30 tables on the go at any one time, there's sure to be a game for everyone. Games range from old favourites like Dungeons & Dragons to Good Society, a new game based on writer Jane Austen's work. All the details and bookings available at www.arcanacon.org.
Divine Beings Dance Again In Melbourne
Premier classical Chinese dance company Shen Yun Performing Arts will be hitting the stage in Melbourne again for a short season in February.
The Shen Yun troupe was formed in 2006 by a group of Chinese artists in New York. They shared a vision to revive the best of China’s cultural heritage and share it with the world.
With audiences often returning to see the same show five or six times, and some people drviing hundreds of kilometers, or even flying across the world, it is safe to say the Shen Yun performers have been faithful to their vision.
“Shen” is a general term for a divine being, such as gods, Buddhas, or Chinese Taoist immortals. “Yun” means rhythm and suggests a person’s entire bearing. Put together, the name “Shen Yun” means something like “the beauty of divine beings dancing in the heavens”. However, the nature of Chinese language is such that the phrase can also be a suggestion that this is the manner we should adopt.
In Chinese tradition, culture is divinely inspired. Shen Yun’s works reflect this spiritual heritage by transporting us back to the magical world of ancient China through music and dance. The legends come to life with a unique blend of stunning costumes, high-tech backdrops, and an orchestra like no other.
Many aspects of traditional Chinese culture presented by Shen Yun cannot be seen anywhere else in the world, not even in China. Shen Yun's interpretation of Chinese culture is also very broad. It is not limited to the dominant Han ethnic group, making up 95% of China's population, but includes many of the so-called “minority groups” such as Tibetans, Miao, Yi and others.
Shen Yun Performing Arts will appear at the Regent Theatre in Collins Street from 8-17 February.
Bookings and a welath of information are available at the website shenyun.com.