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Last Wednesday evening, Sim and I were back at one of my favourite venues in Melbourne, The Regent Theatre, to sing our hearts out to We Will Rock You the Musical. You’re all probably familiar with the classic song of the same title by Queen, right? Well, the musical is set in the future, 2350 to be exact, where live music is banned and society has morphed into a homogenous, digital-obsessed culture where individuality is out, and synthesized pop is the only acceptable form of musical self-expression.
It was 9am. Ticket sales had just opened on the Melbourne Writers Festival website. And I was waiting, eagerly.
I’ve been hearing whispers, snippets, tweets and mutterings regarding some of the incredible authors, writers, editors and speakers who will be speaking at this year’s MWF but it wasn’t until I started browsing the 250+ events list that I started to feel overwhelmed with choice. A lot of the authors I’d like to see at MWF are authors I’ve discovered over the last year or so and they’re the people whose books I’ve reviewed on this very blog. How am I possibly going to be able to whittle down/have enough time to see all of these fantastic people?
Brought to you by Nuffnang and The Sound of Music
When an email popped up in my inbox asking if Sim and I would like to attend The London Palladium Production of The Sound of Music at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre, my inner musical geek shrieked with excitement! No shame. So off we went after work on a Friday night to the opening preview, to watch dancing nuns and sing our little hearts out.
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The Dressmaker Exhibition
On Thursday night, I was lucky enough to be invited to the launch party for The Dressmaker Exhibition at Ripponlea House & Garden. Set against the stunning backdrop of Ripponlea House, The Dressmaker Exhibition transports you back to Dungatar in the 1950s as you journey through the glamorous, parisian-style costumes worn by the actors who starred in The Dressmaker film: Kate Winslet, Hugo Weaving and Liam Hemsworth, just to name a few!
Last weekend Sim and I packed up a car load of snacks, blankets, books and hot cross buns and headed about 2.5 hours out of Melbourne to Leongatha South. We planned a little cityscape for Sim’s birthday over the Easter break and it turned into the best weekend of my life (Sim proposed!). Because it was such a fantastic getaway, I wanted to share some info about where we stayed and where we ventured in case any of you Melbourne-dwellers are in need of a cosy, relaxing weekend away.
When in Melbourne, a visit to the hustlin’ and bustlin’ Queen Victoria Market is an absolute must. It’s a Melbourne institution; a rite of passage; a historic landmark – it’s also the perfect place to get some down-right tasty treats.
The National Gallery of Victoria is home to an astounding collection of artworks, it’s also one of my favourite places to visit in Melbourne. There are always interesting exhibitions showing at the NGV and there’s one in particular that I’m quite excited for.
Melbourne’s annual White Night is coming up on Saturday the 20th of February. White Night is a celebration of creativity and culture, where the city is opened up all night from 7pm – 7am. It’s a free event and the city is flooded with people; a fab way to spend an evening! This year we can look forward to more incredible light projections (see below) , exhibitions, street performances, film, music, dance and interactive events.