Arts Events in Melbourne August 23 – August 29

The Melbourne Writers Festival officially launches tonight, before the chock full program commences tomorrow.

Melbourne Writers

Though many events have already sold out, there are still seats available at sessions like Style Versus Content with young adult authors Margo Lanagan and Kirsty Gunn; Exploring Antarctica, where two adventurers will examine their own experiences on the southern continent; and Questions of Travel with 2013 Miles Franklin winner Michelle de Kretser. There are also free pop up events like morning readings and pitching opportunities scattered about Federation Square. If you can’t make one of the ticketed events, these activities should be a nice way to take in the festival buzz.

Another major arts festival, the St Kilda Village StripFest, also kicks off on Friday August 23. Over the course of the week there will be plays, poetry readings, burlesque performances, op shop tours, film screenings and live gigs all along Acland Street in celebration of St Kilda’s diverse artistic population. Enjoy pop up poetry on Saturday August 24 at Grill’d, Readings and other local stores. 

GORE, a student-run arts journal, is celebrating the launch of its second issue on Tuesday August 27 at Shebeen, a not-for-profit bar on Manchester Lane in the city. There will be readings, film projections, drinks and free copies of the mag.

And writers and editors from bigwigs like Three Thousand, The Big Issue and Canary Press will be chatting about possible future incarnations of the magazine trade at RMIT’s city campus on Wednesday August 28. The session is free, and you don’t have to be a student to attend.

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