Friday, 22 June 2012

Melbourne Winter Markets

Whilst the grey skies and frosty weather may not inspire you, Melbourne’s array of winter crafts and markets should give you plenty of reason to get off the couch and create something beautiful.

Fill your bellies and feast your eyes on some of the exciting new markets and activities building buzz across Melbourne this winter.

Though the days may be getting shorter, there’s certainly no shortage of things to see and places to explore. Below is a list the top picks on Fashion Journal’s winter to-do list: 

Chinatown Market Day

Every third Friday of the month, Heffernan Lane in Chinatown will come alive with the smell of hawker-style food stalls, serving up steaming plates of dumplings, noodles, rice and curries.

After the sun sets, the laneway transforms into a mystical night market, lit with Magical Mirabella Lighting and abuzz with crowds lured in from the cold by the seductive smell of satay and profusion of craft and souvenir stalls.

The Chinatown Market Day will run between 18th May – 21st December 2012 from 4pm-10pm. This is an over 18 event and there is no charge or booking required to attend the Market.

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Photography Night Walks

The Photography Night Walks are a creatively-focussed walking tour which offers locals and visitors the opportunity to explore the city and night and learn about night-time photography.

Each week, the tour chooses a different location to explore around Melbourne, building a strong network of fellow photography enthusiasts with any level of experience. The locations are selected based on their inherent aesthetic quality, individualism and have recently come to include several Melbourne laneways, Docklands, Chinatown, rooftops, interiors and the Queen Victoria Markets.

The main aim of the Nightwalk is to inspire photographers to develop their photography skills through hands-on tips, interaction with fellow photography enthusiants and a broad variety of visual stimulus.

Once a month, the group convenes for a post-walk drink and discussion to view the evening’s work projected on a large digital screen at local venues.

The walks are held every Thursday at 7pm and Sundays at 6pm in Melbourne and Perth and cost between $20-30 to attend.

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Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market

Every Sunday, local artists and producers join forces to fill the Melbourne Arts Centre Lawn, showcasing a variety of unique, handmade goods ranging from regional arts and crafts to freshly made delicacies.

The Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market brings together over 80 fine artisans from all around Victoria, offering hundreds of one-of-a-kind, locally made products, produce and hidden treasures.

Nestled along the lush lawns of the Arts Centre, just a short walk from Flinder’s Street Station, The Melbourne Sunday Market is the perfect place to spend a not-so-lazy Sunday in the city.

The Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market is a much-loved weekly event, running every Sunday of the year between 6th March-18th December 2012 from 10am-4pm. The event is free to event and welcome to people of all ages.

Docklands Sunday Market

Stroll along the New Quay/Waterfront City Promenade on a Sunday and you’ll discover a treasure chest of arts, crafts, beauty products, baby and children’s wear, candles, bonsai trees, jewellery, hats, second hand books, hand-made flowers, model cars, lollies, clothing and more.

The Docklands Sunday Market is a new addition to Melbourne’s Waterfront city and draws crowds from all edges of town by boasting it has ‘something for everyone’.

The Market runs all day, every Sunday, from 10am-5pm, making it the perfect excuse for families and friends to leave the house and make a day of it.

Whether you’re looking for a gift for that special someone or looking to update your home or wardrobe with some rare and one-off pieces, you’re bound to walk away with a bargain at the Docklands Sunday Market.

Grab a friend and enjoy a coffee or meal on the waterfront, where you can choose to shop or simply people-watch at Melbourne’s newest tourist hub.

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