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A sweet and visual feast

After packing up its sell-out success in Fitzroy, pop art hit “Sugar Republic” is heading into the CBD. In February 2019, the quirky, interactive sweetshop-come-museum will be re-launched on the entire sixth floor of Myer on Bourke Street Mall. The sensory exhibition includes, among other features, fairy-flossed walls, neon signs and a swimming pool of

Heritage for Federation Square 

By Meg Hill Heritage Victoria formally recommended Federation Square for heritage protection on October 18, placing further difficulty onto the unpopular plans for Apple’s flagship store. If confirmed, Federation Square will be the youngest site to be listed with heritage status in Victoria. “Whilst it is only 16-years-old, Federation Square is Victoria’s premier civic space

Bar proposal causes a stir

By David Schout An application to extend a rooftop bar’s trading hours from 1am to 3am has been met with stern resistance from already-irritated residents. The owners of Loop Bar on Meyers Place have applied for the extension on both weekends and weeknights for its rooftop terrace. But the application has already received 11 objections

Kaleidoscopic colour at Koorie

As an artist who has been commissioned to work on White Night and the city’s trams, Josh Muir’s artistic CV is decidedly “Melbourne”. And the indigenous artist’s latest exhibition at Fed Square’s Koorie Heritage Trust is another addition to the art scene. Josh X Muir, takes on a personal tone when compared with his previous

Flying lessons are next  for these falcon chicks

By David Schout After hatching in early October, Melbourne’s most-watched chicks are getting ready to start their own lives. Three peregrine falcon hatchlings emerged in the volunteer-made nest atop 367 Collins St – a moment watched by thousands on the 24-hour webcam funded by developer Mirvac. The parents are doing fine, kept busy by the

Double Vision – The exhibition

Despite the emergence of the ubiquitous phone camera, the art of black and white photography is alive and well in Australia.  A new exhibition of black and white photographs will premiere at Magnet Gallery, level 2, 640 Bourke St, on November 15. Double Vision features works by David Roberts and Jeremy Rabie, bridging the technological

Green sites saved by a red union

By Meg Hill Unions were declaring sites “black” for over a century before the communist-led Builders Labourers Federation (BLF) coined the term green ban. Melbourne CBD is littered with iconic sites that were to be erased from the cityscape before a green ban was declared – including the Queen Victoria Market (QVM), the Regent Theatre,

Homelessness spike must  be tackled

By David Schout Homelessness has risen in Melbourne by over 50 per cent in recent years according to a leading body which is urging candidates to prioritise the issue ahead of the November 24 state election. The Council to Homeless Persons (CHP) has developed a “heat map” from census data that indicates Melbourne’s homelessness numbers

The city’s claim in the Melbourne Awards

A swathe of city-based figures, community organisations and corporations have been nominated for the 2018 Melbourne Awards, the city’s highest accolade. Queen Victoria Winter Night Market, now in its sixth year, has been nominated for the Profile Award (Corporation). The City of Melbourne says that 35,000 people visit the 140-year-old heritage sheds each Wednesday night

A bold fashion move

Local fashion retailer Tiffany Treloar moved west in October – a couple of blocks down Flinders Lane. At the celebratory party on October 18, the champagne flowed and 60 guests nibbled on gourmet treats as they shopped and chatted the night away among summer linens, rich cottons and Tiffany’s signature bright, digitally designed and printed

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