Arts Events in Melbourne July 5-11

It’s certainly chilly down here in Melbourne, but that shouldn’t stop you from checking out some of the arts events happening around the city this week.

Rose Street Artists Market

Source: Meld Magazine

For the art hungry, there are several offbeat markets going on this weekend. The Rose Street Artists’ Market in Fitzroy starts at 11:00am on Saturday. It’s known for showcasing some of Melbourne’s best art and design talent. On Sunday, there’s the Substation Artists’ Market in Newport, which sells everything from vintage clothing to oil paintings, while the Bend and Snap Market at 1000£ Bend is fantastic for discovering local designers and illustrators. 

On Saturday July 6, The Lifted Brow will be launching its 18th edition at The Spotted Mallard on Sydney Road in Brunswick. Entry is $12 at the door and includes a copy of the mag. The event kicks off at 8:00pm and should be an absolute blast.

It’s Wizard of Oz Day at the Hollywood Costume Exhibition on Sunday July 7. Don your ruby slippers for a dress-up prize and enjoy a Wizard of Oz fanfiction reading (you know you want to). The event is free, and runs from 10:00am-4:00pm. 

If you’re a Margaret Atwood fan, this weekend might also be the perfect opportunity to check out her new play, The Penelopiad, at La Mama Courthouse in Carlton, where it will be finishing up its two and a half week run. It’s been described as part burlesque, part Greek tragedy, which sounds pretty great to us.

Laura Jean McKay will be launching her short story collection, Holiday in Cambodia, at Readings in Carlton on Wednesday July 10. It should be a smashing read – one story concerns elderly sisters who are visited by their vampire niece from Australia, while another involves three backpackers who ignore the danger signs, and find themselves in the hands of the Khmer Rouge.

And NGV host Friday Nights at Monet’s Garden every week from 5:30pm to 9:30pm if you’re after a spot of culture, music and some nibblies. 

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