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Insiders Melbourne, Issue #002 -- January 2011 in Melbourne
January 01, 2011

Insiders Melbourne provides you with interesting insider tips, what’s on in Melbourne, news, updates…

Summer in Melbourne

January are school holidays in Melbourne, and the city is quieter early this month, as people are away - life is a bit slower. Here are some known and lesser known happenings during January.

Night Markets Melbourne

Melbourne night markets continue in three locations throughout January.
  1. The Suzuki Night Market at the Queen Vic markets on Wednesday nights,
  2. The Supper Night Market at Abbotsford Convent, Friday evenings,
  3. The Geelong Night Market – though not strictly Melbourne, on Friday night.

Each of them has great atmosphere, is a cool place to hang out and meet friends. You get multicultural food, local entertainment, and artesian stalls with a great eclectic product mix. Night Markets Melbourne

The Australian Open

The Australian Open is on in Melbourne from 17-30 January, at the Rod Laver Arena and surrounding courts. You can get a ground pass for the early games for under $30, and get to walk around the outside courts and see some of the qualifying games, as well as some of the greats warming up… Australian Open 2011

Herring Island Summer Arts Festival

The Herring Island Summer Arts Festival launches on January 15, with a sculpture exhibition. It is open from 11:30am to 4:30 pm each Saturday and Sunday. Herring Island is an island in the Yarra and you get there from Como landing near Williams Road, Toorak, via a punt service that operates throughout the Summer Arts Festival.

The exhibiting artists will be there, giving demonstrations – so a great time to be in on the loop on their latest work in a great natural setting. Herring Island Arts Festival

Australia Day

On January 26th, Melbourne celebrates our National Day, Australia Day. While there are many public events, here are a few lesser known Australia Day happenings:

Australia Day on Herring Island
Part of the Herring Island Arts Festival are Australia Day activities that include artists' demonstrations in the courtyard, self guided walks of Herring Island, and the perfect opportunity for a picnic in treasured bushland.

Share the Spirit Festival
Share the Spirit Festival celebrates Australia’s Indigenous culture on Australia Day, 1-7pm, in the Treasury Gardens, East Melbourne.

For Indigenous people this day is ‘Survival Day’. Share the Spirit has been created by Aboriginal people for all Australians to come together and celebrate the country’s Indigenous culture through music, performance workshops, information stalls, and personal exchanges between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. Share The Spirit Festival

With all the best Wishes

for the We Love Melbourne team

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