Fire Monkey

Posted by Milk Bar Mag on 6/12/16.

Mapping Melbourne 2016 will feature an exciting set of performances that will explore the theme of Asia and identity, which will consist of visual art, live art, contemporary dance, music, public programs and unique multidisciplinary collaborations.

One of the events includes Fire Monkey, a collaborative performance curated by Singapore-based Asian dance laboratory Arts Fission and Melbourne-based choreographer and dancer Victoria Chiu. Milk Bar Mag had a chat to Angela Liong, the artistic director of Fire Monkey, all about the idea processes behind the performance and how it effectively encapsulates the theme of the festival.

‘The title came up during our early discussion between Victoria and myself,’ says Angela. ‘Since 2016 is the Year of Monkey under the element of Fire, according to the Chinese lunar calendar, hence the name Fire Monkey offers a vivid imagery with strong cultural colours that provides much possibilities for creative exploration.’

Angela mentions that the monkey is an important figure in Asian mythologies: ‘It appears in many folklores as well as epics and legends like the Indian’s Ramayana, which has influence on the socio-folkoric traditions of Southeast Asia, and the Chinese’s Journey to the West, which has influence on folk religions and mythologies in East Asia.’

The concept of Fire Monkey also derives from the element of fire; Angela states that ‘the element comprises fire’s duality of life and death and qualities of destruction and benevolence. Fire is a universal myth that exists in all cultures.’

But in this performance, Fire Monkey may not be referring to a literal monkey figure: ‘The title alludes to a certain life force and dynamics encompassing our modern world,’ Angela says. ‘As a performance creation,Fire Monkey references the various folkloric influences but it also connects to the increasing sense of anxiety and uncertainty that people everywhere are feeling.’

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She continues: ‘The performance is presented in many short dance segments that sometimes take place simultaneously at the Arts Centre Melbourne lawn. The format is like traditional street theatre with dancers in modern urban garbs.’

‘Live music performances (comprising percussion instruments of East and West) will also support the dance. There is no fixed seats and audience are encouraged to move around freely to catch performers up-close-and-personal.’

Angela discusses how Fire Monkey will best encapsulate the Asian Australian identity: ‘I hope Fire Monkeyhelps to bring on a distinct Asian perspective that can add to the rich dimension of the Asian Australian identity.’

She continues: ‘Along the way, I also hope this can contribute to the cultural mapping process and enables Melbourne to merge as one of the truly magnanimous cosmopolitans – a liveable city of the new century.’

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Collaborating with Victoria Chiu has been a very interesting experience for Angela: ‘She brings on a strong Australian artistic temperament but also a subtle Asian-ness due to her heritage. She is open-minded and direct in her actions and response, but at the same time she brings on a faintly familiar air when we communicate with each other.’

Being a Skype-based collaboration, Angela acknowledges that the virtual communication can be limiting and awkward, particularly since the key members are visceral and tactile performing artists. But the long distance collaboration also requires a strong dose of trust and respect: ‘This is what exchange of cultures is all about: a leap of faith, openness to examine differences and willingness and resourcefulness to tackle arising challenges.’

She continues: ‘But I actually like these attributes that are the integral and organic parts of the artistic process which lead up to the final presentation. We didn’t come together and just present a show, we have to communicate and learn about each other first before the show is a reality.’

Angela hopes that the audience will enjoy the neo-folkloric approach of Fire Monkey, as well as soaking up the fun of immersive street theatre style from the dance and music presentations. ‘Most of all, I truly hope the audience will recognize how enabling arts and culture are to bridge communication beyond all differences,’ she says.

Fire Monkey – Mapping Melbourne 2016
Arts Centre Melbourne Lawn, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Thursday December 1 – Saturday December 17
multiculturalarts.com.au/event/fire-monkey

The Road To Stockholm

Posted by Milk Bar Mag on 28/11/16.

Soul singer Jessica Papst has been busy creating the ultimate Eurovision spectacle of a show, titled The Road To Stockholm. Filled with brewing tensions and glitzy Eurovision glamour, the cabaret is about two rivals who realise they need to work together to save their crashing musical careers. The only way for them to actually redeem their places in the spotlight is to seize victory at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm. Milk Bar Mag had a chat to Jess about how she conceptualised the show with comic piano man Matt and what inspired her to start singing in the first place.

‘There are times I don’t understand where these things come from, but that’s fine,’ Jess says. ‘Matt and I worked together for a few years on and off, he’s been living in Melbourne for a lot longer than I have; I’ve only been here for a year. But we’ve both come from Queensland, and we’ve viewed a few shows up there that required us to be sort of European characters and we enjoyed that process so much.’

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Jess also mentions that her being a big Eurovision fan also led to the show idea: ‘It’s absolutely amazing and absolutely ridiculous and just brings me so much joy.’ Her love for Eurovision led her to reflect over her love for ‘90s pop music, and how it has become the new retro today. ‘It’s like I’ve seen this all before in variations and it’s made me start listening to a lot of that ‘90s music again and I was like, “Oh my God, I love this stuff!” There’s a lot of European bands, like disco-y kind of bands that came out of that time, and then I was like, “Oh ‘90s music, ‘90s bands, ‘90s European bands, Eurovision!”’

From a very young age, Jess was always singing and listening to lots of different music: ‘I spent a lot of time singing in the car on family road trips and I enjoyed it, and so when you’re a kid and you like something, I think you keep doing it. I used to sing at home too and I used to get the study hours to go by listening to the nightly Top 40 radio shows and learning all the words to things. I even spent Maths class in Year 11 writing out the lyrics to songs rather than studying.’

‘It’s always been very important to me, even if I wasn’t fully aware of its impact back then, and as I got older I went into acting and teaching first, but then started doing musicals in my really early 20s, and then I kept singing.’

She continues: ‘I think because I’ve had so much to do with music from such a young age, I have a very wide understanding of different musical styles and trends. I’ve got a little library in my brain where I’m like, “Oh that’s funny!” “That song’s kind of the same thing” “Oh we’re talking about this song!” So this is my obscene kind of time-wasting in my childhood.’

‘I think music, particularly music you’ve grow up with, not only is connected to a soundtrack in your childhood, but you learn how music speaks to you because you’re listening to it so often because you have the time to when you’re a little bit younger,’ Jess says. ‘And as we get older, we attach emotions to times and people and places to music.’

Jess discusses how she loves working with Matt: ‘He’s just like 10,000 bundles of energy, so even if I’m having a tired day, I’m like “Okay we’re on! It’s time!” and he’s such a great comic writer and it’s like with our powers combined we are Captain Eurovision.’

She continues: ‘We both love this music and Eurovision and I love all the outfits and the crazy amounts of technical kind of stuff that goes into it. In The Road To Stockholm, Boris and Lenka’s journey isn’t without difficulties because he’s Russian and she’s Ukrainian and they’re forced to work together to save both of their careers. So they’ve got a whole lot of their own pride and ego at stake as well as everything else. It’s about them trying to figure out how they’re going to work together, if they’re going to work together and how it’s all going to end up. With certain amounts of spicy sub-plots, it is going to be very interesting!”

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Both Jess and Matt have put in their best efforts to create some of the most iconic sounding Eurovision tracks: ‘There’s appropriated lyrics, there’s songs as you know them and there’s a couple of originals as well so it’s going to be a fun time. We hope that everyone comes, buys two drinks and walks in with them and sits down and pisses themselves laughing for an hour, like that would be ideal.”

As for Jess’ future goals, she just wants to do what she loves without having to work other jobs to fund her passion: ‘There are some people in the industry whose purpose is to be famous, like that’s what they want out of their career. I have never wanted to be famous, I have always wanted to be able to do what I love and not have 16 jobs to make it work.’

She continues: ‘I just want to be able to do this and give it all my attention and not have to do a whole bunch of other things, so ideally my career would be in a way that I could do a whole variety of different things, like I love writing, performing, choreographing and directing, and it would be the best to be able to fill my week with creative stuff and be able to live off that.’

The Road To Stockholm
The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place, Melbourne
Wednesday December 7 – Sunday December 11, 7pm (6pm on Friday)
thebutterflyclub.com/show/the-road-to-stockholm

Burn, Burn, Burn

Posted by Milk Bar Mag on 27/10/16

Burn, Burn, Burn is a heartwarming and touching comedy about two young women named Seph and Alex who embark on a road trip in order to fulfill their deceased best friend Dan’s wishes. The film is distinctive in its comical approach on death, particularly in its opening scene that consists of Seph driving, with Alex sitting in the passenger seat holding the container with Dan’s ashes in it. Both women are playing a ‘guess who I am’ game, and Alex is supposed to be guessing who Seph is. She quickly guesses Seph to be describing Dan, and then Seph throws the funny line of ‘too soon?’ and then the camera depicts a close-up of the ash-filled container labeled with Dan’s name on it.

The play on death is consistent throughout the film and is reflective of typical British humour, but it doesn’t come across as insensitive due to its overall purpose, which is to enhance the idea of treasuring every moment and living your life to the fullest. Dan is depicted as an animated guy with a wacky sense of humour who loved to party it up, but he also had a dark side that he had kept hidden from everybody: he had been battling his pancreatic cancer, and it eventually robbed him of his life. Before he passed away, however, he created a video for Seph and Alex requesting them to spread his ashes in four of his chosen destinations: London, Stonehenge, Cardiff and York.

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Each of these locations plays a significant role in shaping Dan’s sentimental experiences, and we also witness how his past experiences influences the progression of the two female protagonists, as they expose themselves to uncharted territory and make unsettling discoveries about him and each other.

At the beginning of the film, both Seph and Alex are inflicted with their own demons: Seph conflicts with her boss at work and eventually gets fired from her nanny job, and Alex catches her girlfriend Pandora cheating on her with another woman.

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Both of these incidents happen right after Dan’s funeral, which further heightens Seph and Alex’s grief and inner turmoil, and they decide to escape it all by going on the road trip. Each destination is accompanied by one of Dan’s videos, which describes his connection to the place and his most treasured memories of it. Each video also depicts Dan’s deterioration from his terminal illness, and his insights become darker and more in-depth as Seph and Alex progress through them. He quotes in one of his videos: “I thought I was going to be good at dying, like really good. Like they’d project me at TED talks and I’d be appreciated after my time, but no, turns out I don’t want to die. I love being alive, much more than you two…” and then begins to reproach Seph and Alex individually on what he really thinks of them.

As they travel through each location, the two protagonists meet a drunk hippie, go to one of Dan’s memorable key spots: Livid Nightclub, and hit some more interesting and comical ruts on the road. Their individual dramas also pan out throughout the film: there’s Seph’s indecision regarding her relationship with James, a sweet but boring guy that she has left back at home. He continuously tries to get in contact with her, but she doesn’t have enough willpower to get back to him until later on throughout the film. There’s also Alex’ evasion of Pandora’s calls, her overwhelming need to distance herself from her family and a big secret regarding her past that Dan hints towards in one of his videos since he wants Seph to support her through it. This causes conflict between the two girls, as Alex evades Seph’s attempts to uncover this secret that eats away at her heart.

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Burn Burn Burn is a wonderfully composed film about friendship, death and how important it is to live in the moment. Dan sums it all up when he states a quote from Jack Kerouac: “the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars…”

Burn, Burn, Burn 
Screenings for the British International Film Festival will be from Wednesday October 26 – Wednesday November 16
britishfilmfestival.com.au/films/burn-burn-burn

Who Is Fitzy Fox?

Posted by Milk Bar Mag on 15/9/16

Melbourne based author and primary school teacher Amelia Trompf is set to release her new children’s book Who Is Fitzy Fox? in October through Little Steps Publishing. It’s about a furry animal who is on a journey to discover his identity in the world, which draws to both children and adults who are on their own journeys of self-discovery. Milk Bar Magazine had a chat to Amelia all about her journey from teaching to writing, as well as the idea processes behind Who Is Fitzy Fox?

Although Amelia currently teaches adults, she used to be a primary school teacher, and she used to write stories all the time for her students. ‘I just think it’s such a good way of connecting with kids and they love it,’ she says. However, she then moved to Scotland with her husband around 5 to 6 years ago. ‘I wasn’t working, so I was just looking for part-time work and I suddenly had lots of time on my hands. I got creative and did some things I always wanted to do and then it was actually a really good opportunity.’

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This creative idea came from these children’s books that are on sale only in Scotland. They’re calledMorningside Maisie and are set in Edinburgh. ‘I just thought “Melbourne doesn’t have a book for Melbourne kids”, so I really wanted to write, and because I used to live in Fitzroy, I thought “yep, kids in Fitzroy need a story” so yeah and then it happened really quickly after that.’

Amelia wrote the draft really quickly, since she felt as though it was in her and then it just came out. ‘It’s all about belonging and feeling like you’re special and celebrating being unique.’ She also discusses how her teaching background has influenced her creation of this novel. ‘I think it gave me an understanding of kids and things I’ve wanted to share with kids, and particular students I’ve had over the years who have needed a bit of a boost in self-esteem and have felt a bit lost. I guess I was thinking about them when I was writing it, and yeah definitely having a background in teaching certainly helps.’

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One of the most important themes in Who Is Fitzy Fox is the sense of belonging. ‘So I guess on one level, I hope for local kids that they can enjoy having a book set in their home, their area and kind of understand that having a sense of belonging and belonging to your community is really important. But universally, the most important themes I think are understanding that sometimes if you have a problem, you have to put a bit of effort into trying to solve it. There are answers out there and there are people asking for help, which is really important.’

There is also the valuable concept that we all have to remember: we are all special. ‘It’s also understanding that we are all really really special and all unique and there’s only one of us. I think most people go through a time in their life where they’re unsure who they are or where they fit in and kids in particular, in the playground and stuff, there’s always doubts about things,’ Amelia says. For instance, there’s a line at the end of the book, which is directed to Fitzy: ‘I wouldn’t care if you were a fox or a dog, I’d love you exactly the same’, and Amelia expands on that quote by emphasising how important it is for us to know who we are and where we fit in. ‘We also have someone in our life who says ‘you know “I just love you anyway”; that unconditional love, and I know not all kids feel it, but yeah I think it is a really important message.’

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As for Amelia, her writing journey has increased her confidence. ‘I was always confident as a teacher, in my ability to teach kids, but in terms of sort of putting myself out there, I was always safe. I always kept myself pretty safe; the idea of networking was just terrifying before, and it’s still a bit scary, but I’ve just become much more confident in just saying “I’m an author and I’ve done this”’, she says.

‘I’m happy within myself that I’ve achieved one of my lifelong dreams and produced this book that’s beautiful, but also the other thing is I just had so much fun working with other people. Working with the illustrator and the publisher was just amazing, that collaboration, yeah I’ve had that with teaching but I’ve never worked on a project and really collaborated.’

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If Amelia could describe herself in three words, she would use “passionate”, “hard-working” and “creative”. One random fact about her is that she originally grew up in a farm, and she expands on the significance of it. ‘It’s something that’s very important about me and who I am. I used to work a lot on a farm with my dad like all through uni holidays and stuff and I’m a country person that lives in Melbourne. I love Melbourne and I don’t ever want to leave it, but half of my heart is still in the country and it’s definitely shaped me with the ability to work hard. I mean, I hate to imply that if you grow up in the city you don’t work hard because that’s not what I mean at all, but for me it definitely has given me that ability to keep pushing.’

I asked Amelia whether she’d like to travel anywhere in the world, and she tells me that she’s done so much travelling in the last 20 years that she’d be really happy to stay in Melbourne for a while. However, she absolutely loves Edinburgh because that’s where she wrote her story and happened to meet the illustrator of her book, Jennifer Bruce. ‘I enrolled in one of her courses, she’s an artist and she was running workshops. She was teaching a course on drawing with the right side of the brain and she’s an amazing artist. She helped me develop some illustrations for the book, like initial ones just to help me develop the character in my mind,’ she says enthusiastically. ‘When I had to find a professional illustrator, I thought of her because she already knew the story and I knew she was amazing. So I think the fact that that all happened in Edinburgh; I feel like if I didn’t live there, this whole story might not have existed. So for me it’s such a special place and I made lovely friends and it’s a really happy place. I’d love to go back, when I can bear to put my toddler on an aeroplane.’

As for Amelia’s future goals, she really wants to write the sequel to Who Is Fitzy Fox? She’s already done the draft, but she wants to get it shaped into a good manuscript. ‘That’s hopefully going to happen in the next few months after I’ve done all this marketing and stuff, so that’s probably number one. But I also want to focus on my teaching career; that’s my first passion I guess, and I’m teaching adults English as an additional language so that’s a new area for me, so there’s a lot to learn.’

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She discusses how she did her second school visit with the book, and she was reading it to the kids. They did an activity afterwards, which she thought was really fun. ‘They actually reminded me of why I wrote the story, because I hadn’t really had that feedback from kids. I’d love to get back into more primary school teaching as well, as well as continuing to share the book with kids.’

For aspiring writers, Amelia has a few helpful ideas. ‘Well I’d say if you’ve got a story that you want to send off to publishers and have spent so much time polishing your manuscript, and once it gets to a point where you think it’s ready, don’t put off sending it. I put it off for quite a while; I kept on coming up with all these excuses and I didn’t know how to write the cover letter and I ended up getting help. There’s lots of places where you can get help polishing your manuscript and if they give you the confidence to send it, then I say definitely do it.’

Amelia also reassures people not to feel discouraged if their story doesn’t get the recognition that they think it deserves. ‘When you send your book to publishers, you’re waiting for feedback, but I think if you love your story don’t be too disheartened or don’t think your story isn’t worthy. I think as humans we’re naturally storytellers and we’ve all got something to say – it can be a bit intimidating, the whole world of books and people. If you love your story, there’s other ways of getting stories out there rather than traditional publishing.’

Who Is Fitzy Fox?
Available online now and in bookstores from Friday September 23
fitzyfox.com

Jewish-ish

Posted by Milk Bar Mag on 12/9/16.

Jewish comedian Michael Shafar has quite a few accomplishments under his belt; he is a 2016 RAW Comedy National Finalist, hosts Melbourne Comedy’s Rising Stars and has performed to sell-out crowds in3 Course Comedy at Perth’s Fringe World and Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He is now performing his solo stand-up show, Jewish-ish, at the Melbourne Fringe Festival, and Milk Bar Magazinehad a chat to him all about his show and its really catchy name.

Michael has always really liked comedy and wanted to give it a go, but he only pursued his dream two years ago after completing his law degree: ‘I’m not like a religious Jewish person and I’m not doing the typical thing you’d expect from a Jewish guy my age, which is like “gotta be a lawyer, or an accountant or a doctor or something.” I finished a law degree in 2014 and then decided I didn’t really want to do law and so I just started now to pursue comedy.’

That’s exactly what Jewish-ish is about: Michael’s journey in pursuing a new path in his life. It does also discuss bagels, politics and religion, but the name of his show is quite self-explanatory: ‘I just think it’s a really funny thing that I say to people, like I tell them I’m Jewish, but I’m not like religious or anything, so I’m Jewish-ish. I just thought it had a good ring to it,’ he says. ‘I think the point is that I’m also Jewish and I identify in that way, but I don’t really believe in God and stuff. I went to school and they really try hard to make you believe in God in Jewish schools, but I never kind of bought it.’

Michael expands that different people in his audience will take away their own individual interpretations from his show: ‘I think they’ll laugh a lot mostly, but I’m imagining a lot of Jewish people will come to the show because they’ll be interested to see a Jewish comedian. I think they might actually even enjoy it more than non-Jewish people because I think it’ll be an interesting insight into Jewish culture and the way the Jewish people think and my background.’

Shafar continues: ‘My grandparents were Holocaust survivors and I talk about that in the show as well. So yeah, I think Jewish people will enjoy it because they’ll get to hear someone talk about their culture and religion, but for non-Jewish people I think it’ll be interesting just to get inside what the Jewish experience is like and what my background and beliefs are like.’

Jewish and non-Jewish people will most likely laugh at different parts of the show, since Michael has witnessed this happen in his previous shows. ‘I always find that Jewish audiences and non-Jewish audiences do laugh at different things, it’s interesting. It’s good to have a mix because you’ll get people laughing at some things. It’s good to have a broad range of people in the audience.’

If Michael could describe himself in three words, he would use the words “Jewish”, “comedian” and “lactose-intolerant”. ‘Just to make it even more annoying, I’m also fructose intolerant as well, like I usually cook at home. I’m an absolute nightmare to go out with,’ he says.

Michael’s ideal place to travel to is New York. ‘I’ve been there before and it’s the best place in the world for seeing comedy and doing comedy, so probably New York I guess. I was there for a few weeks and yeah it’s just so much fun and there’s always something to do. I saw so much comedy, it was just such a joy; I just really want to go back there.’ he says.

As for his goals, Michael is currently focused on performing his Jewish-ish stand-up show. ‘Well, I guess I have more short term goals, so right now it’s just do this solo show and make it really good. Hopefully if I can do a comedy festival next year or the year after that would be a goal, and I’m also going to be travelling through Asia and doing gigs, so that would be really really fun. I think it’s a great experience to play to different audiences so it’ll be really fun.’

Michael’s key advice to aspiring comedians to ‘keep getting on stage, since that’s the only way to get good.’ He also assures me that this show is going to be jam-packed full of laughs, so definitely come on down for a laugh at Club Voltaire on Friday September 16, Saturday September 17, followed by Friday September 23 and Saturday September 24.

Jewish-ish
Club Voltaire, 14 Raglan Street, North Melbourne
Friday September 16 – Saturday September 24
melbournefringe.com.au/program?event/jewish-ish

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2016

Posted by Milk Bar Mag on 24/8/16

Prepare to be glamoured by the exclusive events that Spring Fashion Week has in store for us all. Its Designer program includes the Opening Gala, which will play host to exquisite creations from local and international designers, which include the likes of Aurelio Costarella, Bianca Spender, Carla Zampatti, CHRISTAHLEA, Gwendolynne, JASONGRECH, OneDay, Rachel Gilbert and Thurley.

Other exciting events part of the Designer program include Urban Bloom, Contemporary, the Spring Carnival, the Closing Resort and the MSFW VIP wrap-up party. Following the Opening Gala will be the Mr. event, which will showcase strong and sophisticated designs of men’s fashion. The Jack London Runway and Peter Jackson Runway will feature polished suits and classics that ooze style and confidence.

There’s also the Emerging program, which supports and promotes fresh talent within Melbourne’s fashion design community. The Emerging Collective Runway and Emerging RMIT Runway will showcase a lot of innovative directions and styles, and you can also meander through the Emerging Design Market or enjoy a drink at the MSFW Bar.

The Opening Night of the festival showcases a range of different events, which include the Creative Collective Exhibition, the Vogue American Express Fashions Night Out, the Emporium Melbourne’s Opening Runway and more.

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If you want to see dynamic new directions in fashion and retail, head towards the MSFW Hub: which is a spring-themed sartorial sanctuary at City Square. Open from Friday the 26th of August through to Friday the 2nd of September, the MSFW Hub will awe your mind with its range of interactive brand experiences, creative and fun workshops, along with lunchtime and twilight runways.

But if all that isn’t enough to make you want to revamp your wardrobe, other Hub events include the Mecca Beauty Wonderland event, the David Jones Runway, the Allanah Hill Runway among other fashion-packed events. Then there’s the Industry program, which includes the Creative Collective Exhibition: it will expose you to a vast variety of clothes, shoes, bags, millinery, jewellery and accessories from Melbourne’s unique and diverse independent designers, artists and retailers.

If all these cutting-edge designs have inspired your yearning to chase your own retail dreams, the MSFW Industry program also offers a seminar of how to design your own business, where industry experts cover topics such as finance, legalities, strategic planning, marketing and grants, etc.

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The Curated program encourages people to venture out into the city by checking out events such as ‘Crazy About Tiffany’s’, ‘The Art Of Adornment’, ‘Erika & Jargo’, ‘Collins place x Rokk Ebony SS17’ and lots more!

Last but not least, there’s the Regional program is a fashion series that delves into the talent and produce of Regional Victoria. There is also the Ballarat Regional Extension, which is a three day series that focuses on lines created by celebrated designers from the region, a Wool Industry retrospective and MSFW highlights.

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week will be jam-packed with events and activities that will captivate and enlighten its visitors on the evolving fashion world. For the full program of events, head over to MSFW’s official website.

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week
Friday August 26 – Friday September 2
msfw.melbourne.vic.gov.au

Movenpick Are Giving Away Free Ice Cream!

Posted by Milk Bar Magazine on 28/7/16

Movenpick are about to make all our dreams come true – they’re giving away over 5,000 scoops of ice-cream across their 23 boutiques! Yeah, you read that right – this is quality Swiss ice-cream made with only the best quality natural ingredients used in Movenpick recipes, which include blissfully rich Swiss cream, sun-ripened fruit, creamy yogurt, as well as spices and flavours from all over the world.

Out of the 24 flavours they have, some of the most mouthwatering ones include Swiss Chocolate, Creme Brûlée, Panna Cotta, Tiramisu, and their latest collection – Blueberry Cheesecake, which is guaranteed to satisfy your taste buds!

Movenpick are celebrating 120 years of their Swiss heritage by sharing their goodies with you all, and while you’re enjoying them you can also support the Australian Red Cross’ worthy cause by donating a gold coin or two – they would be thankful for all the support since they invest their time into aiding the most vulnerable people in Australia and overseas. They were also originally founded in Switzerland – hence their involvement in Swiss National Day.

So head on down to the Movenpick stores on Monday August 1st so that you can enjoy a sweet treat for free! Your taste buds will definitely thank you for it.