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Go green at the Environmental Film Festival

The Environmental Film Festival began in 2010 with a vision to inform, engage and inspire on environmental issues. It’s grown into one of the city’s most notable ‘green’ events, showcasing a dynamic range of films from Australia and around the world. We spoke to … Continue reading

Father’s Day gift ideas

Planning on spoiling your dad this Father’s Day? We’ve hunted high and low to bring you the perfect gift ideas to suit all budgets. Good grooming – from $11 Recently opened in the Royal Arcade, Men’s Biz will ensure your papa … Continue reading

Uncover the treasures of Melbourne’s historic directories

Remember when a street directory was the only way to look up someone’s address? The Page Not Found exhibition takes you back to that not-so-long ago era, with a look at the beautiful and historic directories of Melbourne. Published annually, Sands & McDougall’s Directory of Melbourne was … Continue reading

Get committed at Melbourne Writer’s Festival

Jess Tait is a committed volunteer for the Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) and founder of Volunteers of MWF. She shares what she loves about the festival and why you should volunteer next year.  Each year more than 200 volunteers offer their services to the … Continue reading

Melbourne Writers Festival takes storytelling to the streets

Created for the Melbourne Writers Festival, Twists & Turns is an exciting new storytelling app that lets you ‘choose your own adventure’. To find out more, we spoke to the developer, Leena van Deventer. How does Twists & Turns work? Twists & Turns transforms you into … Continue reading

Multicultural Melbourne in five festivals

Melbourne has always been proud of its multicultural heritage and keen to embrace new customs, foods, sights and sounds. So it’s no surprise that multicultural festivals draw big crowds, with new festivals popping up each year. From Greek to Mexican, here … Continue reading

Lunch time meal deals to make you drool

If you’ve ever found your nose pressed to the window outside one of Melbourne’s finer eateries, praying for a lotto win or a generous aunt to take you out for tea, here’s some news to get your tastebuds cheering. We’ve found five weekday lunch … Continue reading

Celebrate Melbourne’s birthday – 179 years young!

It’s Melbourne Day on Saturday 30 August, marking 179 years since our city was founded! We’re celebrating with events for all ages across Melbourne, plus special offers, discounted tours and gifts galore from a range of cafés, restaurants and retailers. … Continue reading

Five ways to be thrifty in North Melbourne

If it’s guilt-free retail therapy you’re after, North Melbourne is home to a number of shops packed with affordable vintage and second-hand goodies. Cheap and cheerful eateries sprinkled around this diverse suburb can also make for a reviving pit-stop after pounding the … Continue reading

How to end the night in style

Looking for a memorable way to finish off your night in the city? Melbourne is full of places that sing with old-fashioned romance and glamour. Here are six first-date showstoppers stylish enough to satisfy Frank, Bing and Sammy. The Lui Bar On the … Continue reading