Melbourne Festival Time!

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Melbourne – we’re the city of a hundred festivals. As soon as one ends (think Melbourne Fringe Festival) – another begins! No wonder we’re routinely on the world’s ‘most liveable city’ lists. Today, the Chisholm & Gamon blog features highlights of the Melbourne Festival, taking over the city from the 11th – 27th of October. One of the world’s major multi-arts festivals, make the most of your location, close to the heart of the arts this month.

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Tanderrum and Creation

Enjoy a special Melbourne Festival opening night event at Federation Square this Friday – a Welcome To Country from the Elders of the Kulin Nation. Tanderrum is a project by the Ibijerri Theatre Company, bringing together the traditions of five Kulin Nations to open the Melbourne Festival – fusing storytelling with performance and music. After Tanderrum comes a special treat from legend Archie Roach, as he presents his new show ‘Creation’. Backed by a ten-piece ensemble plus folk darling Sarah Blasko, enjoy classic anthems from Roach’s body of work in addition to new songs for our modern city. This event is free, and begins at 6pm.

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Foxtel Festival Hub

Melbournites love a pop-up anything – particularly if it’s by the banks of the beautiful Yarra in springtime. ‘Pop’ down to the Foxtel Festival Hub by the river where you’ll find food, art, performance and design to inspire. Prime acts include performances by The Polyphonic Spree (image inset, above) who are described as part euphoric gospel choir, park Day-Glo rock supergroup. Featuring a 14-piece ensemble, you’re in for a night of exuberant ol’skool psychedelia. Click here for details. After something more cerebral, perhaps benefiting your own artistic practice? Join in on the series of free events called Artists in Conversation, talks with stars of the Melbourne Festival including Richard Tognetti and Weigang Li, talking classical music and Haydn.

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Songs of Wreck & Ruin

A trifecta of local talent in the shape of Paul Capsis, Tim Rogers and Megan Washington present Songs of Wreck and Ruin, a paean to the ‘lost boys’ of rock. Following on from the Melbourne Festival premiere of The Boy Castaways, these three prolific performers showcase the swaggering anthems from the leading lads of rock. Think Fleetwood Mac, Iggy Pop, The Buzzcocks and Dave Mason. Band t-shirt? Optional. Held at the always awe-inspiring Forum.

Everything Old Is New Again

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October is a month to embrace new beginnings, think mindfully about consumption – and clear the decks of unwanted (but lovable) goods! Spring cleaning gives you the motivation and opportunity to beautify your domestic environment while redefining your personal style. You’re helped along by two ‘fresh start’ events in October – the Garage Sale Trail 2013 in the City of Port Philip and Buy Nothing New Month. Today’s C&G blog gives you the low-down on taking part in both fun, interactive projects.

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Have you got a lounge suite at home that will outlast religion, but no longer suits your style? Perhaps you’ve got one pair too many of black high-heeled pumps, or framed prints that aren’t to your liking. Instead of letting them sit around gathering dust and taking up your space, take part in the Garage Sale Trail on Saturday October 26. No garage? No worries! Simply visit the official Garage Sale Trail website to register your sale’s location. You will receive posters to promote your sale, price tags and ‘The Official Guide to Buying and Selling on Ebay’ to take care of any items still hanging around after your thrift sale. With a focus on getting to know the neighbourhood, pop your postcode into the Garage Sale Trail website to plan a day browsing your area – there are over 100 registered garage sales in the City of Port Phillip already!

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This segues neatly into the next conscious consumption event for October – Buy Nothing New Month. A project supported by the Brotherhood of St Lawrence, BNNM is an idea which began in Melbourne and has been ‘exported’ successfully to the Netherlands and the USA. In short – you make your ‘pledge’ to ‘buy nothing new’ for the month of October. Naturally, this excludes food, essentials and medicines – and second hand or thrifted items. Sounds too heavy? Perhaps commit to participating for two weeks instead of a full month. By removing the focus on shopping as a recreational activity, BNNM also hopes to help shift your feeling of ‘affluenza’ – having too much – by spending time with friends and family, personal development or community engagement. Sounds good? Make your pledge here, and consider shopping for what you need rather than what you want in October.

C&G footy fan Dean Marshall’s premiership moment of glory

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For the record, Dean is is loyal North Melbourne fan, but went Hawks for the day. Look at that grin!

Jumpstart The Mind: Festival of Ideas 2013

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Thoughtful Melbournites, you’re in for a treat – as the University of Melbourne’s Festival of Ideas is about to begin with a bang! This year’s theme is ‘the art and science of wellbeing’ – a topic that will interest many, given the increasingly time-poor nature of modern life. Over the next six days (the festival runs from the 1st – 6th of October), you’ll have the opportunity to partake in debates and listen to impressive keynote speeches on ways we can best overcome the complexity of challenges facing our community. Today’s C&G blog gives you a low-down on the best events on offer for the Festival of Ideas 2013.

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Opening Night: Human Rights, Social Equity & Health

Join Julian Burnside QC, Professor Marcia Langton and Mr Arnold Zable in the stirring opening night event for the Festival of Ideas at 6pm, Carillo Gantner Theatre on the 1st of October. This keynote speech is ‘an Australian pulse check’, with thought-leaders addressing the challenges of difference and diversity in our community. With the status of both our first people and our newest arrivals politicized issues, these are pressure-points which must be addressed with compassion and thought.

Environments – The Liveable City

With much of Australia’s population growth occurring in capital cities, making an urban lifestyle sustainable for the future is top of mind for governments, councils and town planners. Did you know that by 2050, 70% of the world’s population will live in cities? On Wednesday 2nd October, join local and international keynote speakers as they discuss solutions to the rapid urbanisation of our main cities. Featuring Professor Jeffrey Sachs live from New York and Mr David Burney.

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Eating Ourselves To Death: Food & Nutrition

Chaired by the ABC’s Virginia Trioli, this keynote discussion addresses ways that the ever-expanding girth of industrialised countries might be curbed. Nearly a billion of the world’s population is overweight, while a further 300 million are defined as obese. A variety of nutritionists and health policy advisors will talk on subjects including obesity and the new media, allergies and controversial lap-band surgery. 1-2:00 pm on Wednesday 2nd October, Carillo Gantner Theatre.

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus

Are men and women ever-destined to live on two planes of understanding (or misunderstanding)? Join thought-leaders and doctors of psychology as they discuss gender matters and the brain. Are gender-differences hardwired – and what is neurosexism?

Girl Rising: International Day of the Girl

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October 11 2013 marks the second International Day of the Girl Child, an international observance declared by the United Nations. The International Day of the Girl shines a light on the inequality suffered by female children globally, discriminated against routinely and denied access to education, nutrition, medical care and legal rights – purely because of their gender. There’s a number of events you can be involved with here in Melbourne that support the International Day of the Girl, encouraging us all to remember that education opens doors to freedom and opportunity for women everywhere. Celebrate International Day of the Girl with C&G!

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Join the Global Women’s Project on October 11 for a very special screening to celebrate International Day of the Girl – Girl Rising. Girl Rising shows the truly world-changing effect that educating girls has on whole communities. From economic independence (educated women on average earn 20% more than their uneducated counterparts) through to lower birth rates and fewer child marriages – Girl Rising proves that there is a real way to bring about change, and that’s through schooling. The screening of this acclaimed film which will take place at Cinema Nova – so click here to book your tickets. Narrators of this inspiring film on the role of female education include Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway and Cate Blanchett. Click here to see the moving trailer for Girl Rising.

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There is also an International Day of the Girl lunch hosted by Plan International on October 11 at the MCG, featuring keynote speakers including journalist Wendy Tuohy and Plan International’s Director Julie Hood who will talk on the journey from poverty to opportunity for women in the third world.

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Are you a corporation or small business looking to take part in a giving program for 2013-14? You can’t look past UN Women’s fundraising venture for International Day of the Girl – click here to read more about participation and the difference you can make.

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