Free Events in July 2013
Welcome to the July Events Newsletter.
With the school holidays here, there's even more to do than normal.
There's one or two things you need to book this month but for most you can still just turn up. Obviously outdoor events are subject to weather conditions permitting.
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Till July 31st - The Emerge Festival celebrates new refugees and emerging artists who have recently settled in Australia with a colourful series of performances and unique cultural experiences including music, dance, visual arts, ancient crafts and ceremonies. You can see African dance grooves, Sudanese reggae, Ethiopian jazz, Azmari banter, Somali pop, traditional Burundian drums, West African dance, Cape Verdean Reggae and sounds from East Arnham Land to Afghanistan. See http://www.multiculturalarts.com.au/events2013/emerge.shtml to find the program of events.
Monday 1st - Classics at Fed Square - Music with the Australian National Academy of Music at The Deakin Edge in Federation Square 12noon -1pm.
Monday 1st till Sunday 28th – Harbourtown Docklands – Free Snow Play area – you’ll find this on the Ground Floor near central glass lift. Open 10am till 6pm Mon-Sat and 10am till 5pm Sundays and public holidays.
Monday 1st and 8th – Kids in the Studio at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Federation Square - Create costumes for your own cut-out characters in workshop 11am – 2pm
Tuesdays 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th – Tai Chi in Main Square at Federation Square 7.30am – 8.30am
Tuesdays 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th – Lunchtime Meditation in The Atrium at Federation Square 12.30-1pm
Tuesday 2nd – Queen Victoria market – Miss Dinkles will bring Celeste, Nick and The Magical Tea Party with an interactive performance from 11am with craft activities afterwards from 12noon. Location L-Shed. You’ll find the market on the corner of Elizabeth and Victoria Streets.
Tuesday 2nd till Thursday 11th - Chicken hatching: Observation sessions - Chickens and their eggs are visiting the Hub this holiday. Come and see what these feathery friends are up to. The Hub, 80 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands, Monday to Friday, 1pm-4pm. No bookings required. Suitable for children age 1-7 years
Tuesday 2nd till Thursday 11th - Chickens: The Cuddle Experience - Hold and cuddle one of the newly hatched chickens. Bookings essential for one of three daily sessions. This program runs 10am-10:20am, 10.30am-10:50am and 11am-11.20am. Suitable for children age 1-7 years. Call 03 8622 4822.
Tuesday 2nd till Sunday 7th – Harbourtown, Docklands - Craft Workshop – Make a Minion like in Despicable Me 2, using an air dry clay kit. Level 1 (next to Blacklight Mini Golf) 12noon-3pm
Wednesdays to Sundays 3rd till 31st – Artplay at Birrarung Marr – Make mini-Shelters and play in the Shelters the artists have made. 10am-4pm
Thursdays 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th – Organ Recital at St Michaels Church at 120 Collins Street. 1pm-1.30pm
Thursdays 4th and 11th – Queen Victoria Market – Footy Forum – Meet AFL Football stars, get your face painted in your team’s colours, workshops and handball competitions in L-Shed 10am-12noon
Fridays 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th – Qigong (a sort of Tai Chi combining integrated movement, mental cultivation and regulated breathing) – Main Square at Federation Square 8am – 9am
Friday 5th till Sunday 7th – Queen Victoria Market - Timeless Treasures in String Bean Alley is running a series of workshops for kids teaching them how to make their own creations. Times 10am & 12pm but booking is essential - email firstname.lastname@example.org to make a booking.
Friday 5th till Sunday 7th – Artplay at Birrarung Marr – The Reading Pod – Play and read in this sculpture made out of old books and add your own tag. Also make collage artwork. 12noon till 4pm. Suitable ages 5-12
Fridays 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th - Docklands fireworks - The fireworks start at 7pm but there’s music and roving entertainment in The Piazza from 6.30-7.30
Friday 5th and Saturday 6th – Circus Oz Bong the Bells – Watch Circus Oz playing the Federation Bells by Birrarung Marr – 9.30-10pm
Sundays 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th – Scarecrow Making at the Pop Up Patch which is a vegetable garden on the Federation Square car park rooftop. Bring along old clothes but otherwise all materials provided for the kids to make their own scarecrows. 11am-12noon
Sundays 7th and 21st – Laughter Club at Federation Square by Swanston Street 11am – 11.30am
Sunday 7th – NAIDOC celebration – Celebrate aboriginal culture with a traditional Tanderrum ceremony, get a guided tour discovering traditional uses of plants for food, tools and medicines and try some bush tucker. From 10am – 3.30pm on the Oak Lawn by the Visitor Centre at the Royal Botanic Gardens (Birdwood Avenue entrance gate)
Sunday 7th - Carnival Curiosity - State Library of Victoria, Swanston Street – There are heaps of free activities for kids – circus tricks, magic, things to make and draw, amazing tales and even a time machine. Discover Ned Kelly’s armour, Captain Cook’s waistcoat, our smallest and most gigantic books – plus musical performances, talks from artists and writers, tours for history buffs and lots more. See the schedule at http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/event/carnival-curiosity
Sundays 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th - Gypsy Jazz on the Village Green at CERES. Starts 1pm. Join in, or like most people, just watch! www.ceres.org.au
Monday 8th - Learn Crochet at The Square in Federation Square 12-2pm
Tuesday 9th till Sunday 14th – Harbourtown, Docklands – Craft Workshop - Moose HQ – The girls can make sparkly accessories and the boys can build micro tracks and race their friends with micro chargers – got to say sounds a little sexist and maybe girls can do the racing and boys the accessories if they want? Let me know! It’s at Level 1 (next to Blacklight Mini Golf) 12noon-3pm
Tuesday 9th – Dance, Didge and Draw at the Childrens Garden in the Royal Botanic Gardens 10-11.15am and 11.30am-12.45pm. Take part in a traditional aboriginal welcome ceremony, have a go on the didgeridoo, get dirty with ochre painting, do some aboriginal dancing and finish off with some bush tucker. Might be best to book this one I think – 9252 2429. Suitable for age 4+
Tuesday 9th till Sunday 14th – Giant Ant Puppets at Federation Square. See them in the Atrium at 10am, 11am, 12am, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. 30 minute shows. I believe they need some help from the kids to make their nests.
Thursdays 11th and 25th - Feel Young - Drawing from ancient Chinese traditions this combines gentle exercise and dance – The Atrium in Federation Square 11am – 11.45am
Thursday 11th and 25th – Belly Dancing – a gentle aerobic dance perfect for strengthening and toning core muscles – for all ages. The Atrium in Federation Square 12.30 – 1.00pm
Friday 12th and Saturday 13th – Circus Oz Bong the Bells – Watch Circus Oz playing the Federation Bells by Birrarung Marr – 9.30-10pm
Saturday 13th - Book Clubs at Beer Deluxe-Espresso Cafe in The Atrium Federation Square. At 10am there's the Cult Book Club, 11am is the General Book Club and 12noon is the Contemporary Book Club
Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th – Artplay at Birrarung Marr. Stories for Hands – slide your hands under a curtain to feel a palm-sized story and create a tiny place where the audience’s hands are the stage. 12.30-3.30pm. Suitable ages 5-12
Wednesday 17th - Outside-In Cinema, State Library of Victoria, Swanston Street – Vivan las Antipodas! Antipodes are points diametrically opposite to each other on the earth’s surface. During his visits to four such antipodal pairs, award-winning filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky captured images that turn our view of the world upside down. A beautiful sunset in Entre Ríos is contrasted with the bustling streets of Shanghai. People who live in a wasteland are connected to those living beside a volcano. Landscapes whose splendour touches the soul are juxtaposed with the clamor of a vast city. These antipodes seem somehow connected by their oppositeness. This movie is a feast for the senses, a fascinating kaleidoscopic view of our planet. 6:30pm - 8:00pm Booking required - call 03 8664 7099. Take along your own snacks and non-alcoholic drinks if you'd like
Saturday 20th – Poetry – 2 feature poets and the opportunity to read out your own at The Atrium in Federation Square 2pm – 4pm
Monday 22nd - Learn Knitting at The Square at Federation Square 12-2pm
Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th – Artplay at Birrarung Marr. House of Cards – Make giant playing cards and build a house. 12noon – 4pm. Suitable ages 5-12
Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th – Open House Melbourne – Check out great buildings, many not normally open to the public. There are meant to be 111 on show this year. See more about this weekend at http://www.free-things-to-do-melbourne.com/melbourne-open-house.html Check the Open House website quickly as some buildings need to be booked and the spaces get filled up really quickly
Sunday 28th – The Classic Car monthly showcase, this month featuring the Volkswagon Club of Victoria 11am – 2.30pm on Flinders Street section of Federation Square by ACMI
Wednesday 31st - Outside-In Cinema, State Library of Victoria, Swanston Street – Diana Vreeland – The Eye has to Travel – Vreeland was a fashion visionary. The film guides you from Paris to London to New York looking at Vreelands adventures, accomplishments and passions. 6:30pm - 8:00pm Booking required - call 03 8664 7099. Take along your own snacks and non-alcoholic drinks if you'd like.