Melbourne Festival adopts Flower Power theme

Flower Power is the theme for the 15th annual Melbourne Festival. Inspired by last year’s Pop-up Poppy display to commemorate the end of The Great War, residents have been busy making more flowers, and this year the more colourful the better.

They have been crafting away on blooms and bunting at workshops all summer and organisers are promising a fantastic show during September.

The Art and Architecture Trail is planned for this weekend September 14 and 15 when you will find 140 professional artists and makers exhibiting in 70 private houses,  buildings and businesses in the historic heart of Melbourne. 

Some of the artists taking part are painter Holly Kerslake, winner of the festival’s Emerging Artists Award in 2017; Hannah Lobley, who makes vessels from recycled paper; jewellers Paula Matthews and Helen Burrell; weavers Emily Mary Shaw and Janie Withers; ceramicist Louise Roe and painters Robin Mason, Peter Watson and Tom Genders. 

You will also be able to see work by Patrick Prentice whom you can read about in yesterday’s post.

Families are always catered for on the Art Trail and this year there are gardens, story stops and activities on a Rumble in the Jungle theme, Artist Anna Roebuck has been working with children in local schools to create exotic birds and animals from recycled plastics. 

The performing arts are an important part of Melbourne Festival and a Fringe programme will kick off on August 31 and run into October. It includes a varied mix of music, theatre and comedy.

Among the treats in store is a Rock Night for Young People with Boats on the Ocean to open the festival; a comedy night on September 13 with Stephen Grant, Diane Spencer, Carl Jones and compere Dave Byron and Hothouse Jazz  on September 21. The Friends of Melbourne Parish Church will bring Choros Amici – the Choir of Friends – to the church for a concert as part of the Fringe events on October 5 and the local choir A Choir’d Taste will also be performing at the Assembly Rooms that weekend.

The festival celebrations officially end on October 18 with The Dime Notes in Melbourne Parish Church.

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