Another Friday in the city

NGV

It was a long day at work. But I managed to get more out of a day after that. While waiting for my coffee at cafe this morning, I was flipping through a paper and saw an article about the gallery cutting down on some services, at the back of a disappointing below-expectation response to this event. Apparently. Today was a member free viewing day for the current Winter Master Piece series, ‘Vienna: Art and Design’, so I wrapped up my day relatively early and headed down to the NGV. It was pretty good. I almost bought the catalogue at the gallery shop. … but I didn’t! Why are these gallery books so expensive? 40-50 bucks for an exhibition catalogue? Are they made of gold?

NGV

Arts Centre

To be honest, I didn’t see the man inside the door – I only saw the painting. Is he real? Was he coming to the door as I put camera in front of my face and looking for focus in the magnified view? A bit creepy I’d say.

Sat down in Chinatown for a bowl of Malaysian noodle soup, had a haircut, and that was more than enough for one day. But just before hopping on train, I decided to walk around to Fed Square.

Tape Melbourne

Tape Melbourne

Tape Melbourne

Tape Melbourne

Well, good night CBD. I’m off. So looking forward to falling into my bed… Good night, everyone. Have a great weekend!

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Solstice Celebration – The Light in Winter

Solstice Celebration

On Saturday evening, I head down to Federation Square for yet another great evening organised as a part of The Light in Winter art events. The lanterns reminded me a bit of Light the Night, but this one is more in appreciation for the unity in community and appreciation for art and culture from various cultural groups that now call Melbourne home.

Solstice Celebration

Solstice Celebration

The birth of a new republic, South Sudan (correct me if this was not the actual name) in this year of 2011!

Solstice Celebration

Beautiful dance of peace-loving people of Burma, whose democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi is celebrating her birthday as a free human being for the first time in a decade.

Solstice Celebration

It was a chain of music and dance, taking place on stage, by the fire in the middle and the fore-court of Federation Square, and in between each we followed the flag-waving man dancing to the drums!

Solstice Celebration

At the fore court, the delicate Arabic tunes played by the fire.

Solstice Celebration

Men and women dance in circles, to the music and clapping hands…

Solstice Celebration

I did not push people out of the way to photograph in the front. Instead, not being the official photographer, I stood back and enjoyed the show with everyone else. That was another great event at Federation Square. It is so worth going into city on winter evenings! See the rest of photos on my Facebook page album!

Solstice Celebration – At Fed Square this Saturday evening!

This looks like a beautiful, colourful event in Federation Square this Saturday evening. Get there at 4:30pm and receive a lantern!

For details, see That’s Melbourne website. Here’s the description from the event programme that you can download from The Light in Winter page of Federation Square site.

Solstice Celebration
Saturday 18 June, 5pm – 8pm
Arrive at 4.30pm to get your lantern!

Each year, on the Saturday night closest to the true winter solstice we gather together at Federation Square to celebrate the moment when the days begin to get longer again. The winter solstice can be rightly thought of as the longest night of the year,but more optimistically as the beginning of the journey towards Spring, hope and renewal. That’s how we see it as our everexpanding family comes together to sing, dance, eat and banish
the cold from our souls. It’s an uplifting entertaining night and you are invited to participate, completely free of charge!

A Ghanaian choreographer brings together dancers from multiple continents to create a ‘flame’ dance of global connectedness. A Pacific Islander hot rocks dance follows a Mexican ritual during which a fire-breathin’ bull charges the audience (all in fun!) A Japanese butoh dancer creates a fire dance for her people, to express their grief, the vulnerability of
being human and the ultimate hope for transformation. Sudanese dancers jump for joy, shining the light for their people post referendum. And our founder members from Turkey, Afghanistan, Burma, Kiribati/Tuvalu, Chile and India are with us again.

Get the family together to celebrate the great midwinter. Join us and shine your light on the
Solstice night. It’s a beautiful time to be at the heart of the city. You may discover
a joyous and colourful aspect you never knew existed.

For full Solstice details, visit
fedsquare.com/thelightinwinter

Light in Winter – kids by night

Winter is here in Melbourne, it seems. During the day it gets pretty warm, but as the sun goes down, we’d rather be in front of that wood burning fire place. I live throughout the year without using a heating but I sure love the smell of that burning wood in the air. Melbourne comes up with ways to keep you in the city even on those evenings, and they come with a bit of fun! Continue reading “Light in Winter – kids by night”

Buddha’s Day

Buddha's Day 2011

It’s been pretty cold in Melbourne. A little too early to go into winter, I wish it had stayed in a cool ‘autumn’ for a few more weeks. Saturday started off just like any other day of the week with dark cloud, quiet rain blanketing over the city. I had this event marked on the calendar but half gave up on it seeing how wet it is out there. By the time I finish my rourtine saturday grocery shopping at Victoria Market, it had stopped raining and it was beginning to look like it was going to be sunny for a while. So I parked the car in the gardens, had a cup of coffee at NGV and walked to Fed Square to check out what’s going on. Check out Buddha’s Day, on till tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon. Continue reading “Buddha’s Day”

The Grand Final weekend

Prospect of the great game
Prospect of the great game

It was a beautiful Saturday. The crowd in uniforms walked one part of city down towards the huge stadium… Nobody expected such an outcome.

More photos from the sunny Saturday’s street before the match coming up in the next blog post. Stay tuned.