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  PIECES OF VICTORIA

NOVEMBER 2011
King Kong the musical - a world first for Melbourne ............................................................................ 1
International celebrities flock to Melbourne Cup .................................................................................. 1
New Docklands precincts gearing up for summer ............................................................................... 1
Do the Great Ocean Walk in comfort with new luxury walking tours .................................................... 2
Grand Mecure Melbourne’s multi million dollar makeover ................................................................... 2
Creative Innovation 2011 .................................................................................................................... 2
Explosion of art tours in creative Melbourne and Fitzroy ..................................................................... 3
Penguin Island documentary inspires new tour at Phillip Island .......................................................... 3
Melbourne’s secrets of the night uncovered ........................................................................................ 4
iPhone App for Melbourne .................................................................................................................. 4
Wining and Dining hotspots ................................................................................................................ 4
Villages of Victoria – A guide to Metung .............................................................................................. 5
Enjoy sunshine, sea breeze and the great outdoors in St Kilda........................................................... 6
2012 Melbourne Winter Masterpieces announced .............................................................................. 7
December Events ............................................................................................................................... 7

King Kong the musical - a world first for Melbourne
Melbourne will host the world premiere of the musical version of King Kong at the Regent Theatre in
early 2013. Leading Australian production company, Global Creatures, has secured the exclusive
rights to develop and stage the original musical adaptation of King Kong, based on the iconic film by
Merian C. Cooper. Set and prop production, including a seven metre tall giant King Kong, is already
underway in a large warehouse in Melbourne’s west. Auditions are underway for around 40 actors
and singers to perform in the cast. The show is expected to go from Melbourne to Broadway. The
show will be the next big production from entertainment giants, Global Creatures, the makers of
international hit Walking with Dinosaurs and next year's anticipated How to Train Your Dragon.

International celebrities flock to Melbourne Cup
Sarah Jessica Parker, Joan Collins, Taiwanese model and film star, Chi Ling Lin, women’s tennis
champion, Li Na, Kim and Khloe Kardashian, Shane Warne and Liz Hurley are just a few of the well-
known faces expected to be seen at this year’s Melbourne Cup, 1 November at Flemington Race
Course. Major partners, sponsors and race sponsors including Emirates, Crown, AAMI, Swisse,
Myer, Longines, G.H. Mumm are all expected to put on a show with Marquees along the ‘million
dollar row’ competing against each other for style and lavishness. Fashion trends are expected to
include lots of bright colour-blocking, as well as prints and sculpted hats.
Media contact: Sarah Peatling, +61 3 8378 0654, s.peatling@vrc.net.au
More information: http://www.melbournecup.com/

New Docklands precincts gearing up for summer
Two new sections of Melbourne’s Docklands, a precinct which covers 146 hectares of land and 44
hectares of water and is roughly the size of the original central business district of Melbourne, are
opening for business and getting ready to welcome visitors this summer.

WTC Wharf Melbourne can be accessed via a walkway along the Yarra River – or by the newly
launched free WTC water taxi shuttle from ANZ (Docklands Wharf) to WTC Wharf. The shuttle takes
15 minutes and is operational during lunch hours and now on Friday evenings from 5.00pm to
6.30pm when cruisers are also offered a free beer or sparkling wine. As well as the stylish Wharf
Hotel, alfresco dinners have several new bars and restaurants from which to enjoy the riverside
setting with views across to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and new South Wharf
Promenade (see below). Byblos offers a modern take on Lebanese and Mediterranean cuisine in an
elegant and spacious setting and Wilsons Boathouse offers guests the highest quality seafood
cooked in front of diners at a central island kitchen. Riverside Teppanyaki by Kobe Jones will offer
authentic teppanyaki with sushi, tempura and a robata bar. Fresh, quality Italian is promised at
Baraonda, while Degani Bakery Cafe has a reputation that precedes it offering quality coffee, cakes
and more.

More Docklands dining at South Wharf Promenade
South Wharf Promenade, the eagerly awaited dining precinct adjacent to the new section of
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre is taking shape. Three new venues have opened and
yet more are preparing for public launch in December 2011. Opened by the Darcy Group, Melbourne
Public is a sophisticated take on the local pub featuring quality pub meals, a formal dining room, and
an outdoor terrace serving lunch, dinner and cocktails. Café style eatery, Citizen, was opened by the
same group and offers specialty roasted coffee with breakfast and lunch. Also new to South Wharf
Promenade is The Boatbuilders Yard, a unique combination of a café, pub and bar with an expansive
outdoor deck serving meals from morning to night and an eye-catching design by Six Degrees
Architects.

The new precincts make for perfect after-conference venues as well new exciting destinations for
locals to explore.

Media contact WTC Wharf: Jenny Brookes, Harvey Publicity, +61 3 9682 8555,
jenny@harveypublicity.com.au
More information: www.wtcmelbourne.com.au

Do the Great Ocean Walk in comfort with new luxury walking tours
Luxury accommodation property Moonlight Escape and Eco-Certified Australian Walking Tours have
joined forces to create Luxury Walking, a new company offering high-end personalised walking and
accommodation experiences along the Great Ocean Walk. Offering a combination of exclusive
accommodation at Moonlight Escape with its breath-taking views of the southern ocean, highly
personalised food and wine experiences where all meals including a three course dinner are hosted
and prepared by a private chef using local and regional organic produce, and a one to two day
private guided walk along any section of the Great Ocean Road coastline. The ‘comfort in nature’
short-break packages are designed for groups of four to eight people with the more discerning
adventurer in mind.
Media contact: Erik Bigalk erik@smart-solutions.com.au
For more information: www.LuxuryWalking.com.au

Grand Mecure Melbourne’s multi million dollar makeover
A $4.3 million transformation of Grand Mecure Melbourne on Flinders Lane has been unveiled. The
makeover, by owners Accor Vacation Club, was aimed at bringing the property back to its glamorous
glory days. The building, which is located at 321 Flinders Lane, was built in 1921 on the former Dr.
Jaeger’s Sanitary Woollen System Co. Ltd site, the company later evolving into the internationally
renowned Jaeger fashion House. The design philosophy from In Design International drew inspiration
from those early fashion house days. The result has turned this all-suite apartment hotel into a
sophisticated boutique product that infuses modern design philosophies with the architectural and
historical heritage of the building.
Media contact: Cynthia Dammerer, c.dammerer@bigpond.com
More information: www.accorhotels.com or www.grandmercureapartments.com.au/2+ 61 46

Creative Innovation 2011
Global leaders of creative thinking will arrive in Melbourne for The Creative Innovation 2011
conference (Ci2011), 16–18 November at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. More than 35 world-class
thinkers, speakers and innovators will be discussing topics around the main theme of "The
challenges and opportunities of a super-connected world" which will be addressed at the personal,
organisational and global level across the major sectors of business, industry, community and
government. Among the key speakers will be one of the world's best known lateral thinkers, Dr
Edward de Bono, who has written 82 books on the topic, and Raymond Kurzweil – who has been
referred to as "The Restless Genius" by the Wall Street Journal.

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More information: www.ci2011.com.au

Explosion of art tours in creative Melbourne and Fitzroy
Several new arts tours have been launched coinciding with the expansion of galleries, artist-run
spaces, street art and artists’ studios in Melbourne’s inner precincts.

Art Aficionado, a Melbourne-based team of dedicated art curators, has launched a new art tour of
Brunswick. An area just north of inner Melbourne, Brunswick has transformed over the past decade
into one of the city’s most exciting creative heartlands. The new tour is available Fridays and
Saturdays at 11am and costs AUD $25 per person. Highlights will include project space/shop Mr Kitly
and artist-run-spaces Tinning Street Presents and Brunswick Arts.

Artwalk Melbourne is another company providing visitors with an opportunity to get under the skin of
modern art culture in Melbourne. A series of new weekly walking tours, described as ‘immersive art
experiences’, are now available from Artwalk in the Melbourne precincts of Richmond; Collingwood
and Fitzroy; and South Yarra and Prahran. Guided by an experienced gallerist or curator, guests visit
selected private galleries, project spaces and artist studios and are introduced to a wide range of
artistic practice which could include print-making, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, video
projection, installation and mixed media.

In addition to their Melbourne tours, Artwalk also runs monthly tours to two of the most important
galleries in regional Victoria: Bendigo Gallery (Goldfields) and Tarrawarra Museum of Art (Yarra
Valley). Both tours include return transport from Melbourne, admission to the gallery, a curator-led
private viewing and introduction to their current international exhibitions and permanent collections
plus lunch and a complimentary glass of regional wine. Visitors interested in a particular theme, such
as indigenous art, can contact Artwalks to organise a tailor made program in Melbourne city or
beyond.

If Melbourne is Australia’s creative capital then Fitzroy has to be the epicentre of that creativity.
Within walking distance of the central business district, Fitzroy was the home of working man’s
industry in the mid to late 1800’s. Warehouses producing everything from textiles and buttons to
sweets and chocolate lined the streets as did the now iconic weatherboard workers cottages that
today will sell in the million dollar range. Today the area is so synonymous with artists, designers,
galleries and studios that there are several special interest tours that showcase the creative attributes
of this small patch of Melbourne.

MELTours new Fitzroy textile tour is for visitors who want to find out more about the diverse range
of artistically-inclined retailers that sell their wares in the neighbourhood. A guided exploration
through the most interesting and creative retailers in Gertrude, Brunswick and Smith Streets, the tour
showcases a diverse range of vintage wares and recycled clothing, hand-made crafts and design.
The tour also pinpoints locations for sourcing beads, materials, trims and other craft materials.

The street art that can be seen in Fitzroy is some of the best in the city; visitors looking to get a real
appreciation for it should consider the new Fitzroy Street Art Tour by Melbourne Street Tours. The
route taken on the tour between Brunswick and Smith streets showcases some of the iconic and
stunning commercial murals and commissioned art that feature on the walls down laneways and side
streets and on the sides of the commercial properties.

Known as a hub for locally designed fashion; high-end vintage; edgy galleries and ‘so-hot-right-now’
restaurants, cafes and bars, Gertrude Street has developed into a destination in its own right for
cultured foodies, shoppers and art lovers and now it has its own tour. Gertrude’s Corner tour has
been developed by leading walking tour operator, Hidden Secrets. It offers an insider’s glimpse into
the street’s behind-the-scene network of hidden artist spaces, designer studios, hip dining and
creative people.

Media contact: Danielle Poulos, +61 3 9653 9773, danielle.poulous@tourism.vic.gov.au
More information: www.visitvictoria.com

Penguin Island documentary inspires new tour at Phillip Island
Based on the success of the acclaimed ABC1 documentary, Penguin Island, Phillip Island Nature
Parks has developed a new tour for visitors who want to experience the world of Little Penguins in
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the same way as the eco-rangers portrayed in the six part series. Tour highlights include learning
about the Little Penguin’s lifecycle, breeding patterns, food supplies and how humans have impacted
their lives; visiting the ‘penguin love nests’ behind the busy Penguin Café; walking the new
boardwalks; and learning about the history of the penguin parade and the way scientists are
monitoring the penguins. The Penguin Island Tour also includes Penguin Plus reserved seating, a
Penguin Island DVD and a penguin green-screen photo experience to take home. Penguin Island
was broadcast BBC 1 in the UK in 2010 and will also be screened this November by America’s Nat
Geo Wild which has global distribution channels.
Media contact: Edwina Hawkins, edwina@coxmarketing.com.au, +61 (0)3 9686 1186
More information: www.penguins.com.au

Melbourne’s secrets of the night uncovered
Ghosts what Ghosts? Is a new night tour from Victorian Tourism Award’s ‘hall of fame’ winner, The
Old Melbourne Gaol. Running weekly on Tuesday nights, the 90 minute guided walk offers an insight
into the building’s dark history and is packed with stories of ghostly encounters as relayed by staff
and visitors ranging from the unbelievable to the truly terrifying. Content includes the Gaol’s most
infamous prisoner, bushranger turned Australian icon Ned Kelly.

Another evening tour for history buffs is the Williamstown's Lantern Tour. Still an important shipping
port just outside central Melbourne, Williamstown was once notorious for nefarious sailors, colourful
‘ladies of the night’ and drunken convicts. Guided by lamp light, visitors interested in the more
macabre history of the area are taken on a two hour journey through ‘King Williams Town’ as the
area was originally called.

Media contact: Old Melbourne Goal, Cassandra O’Brien +61 3 9656 9805 or
media@nattrust.com.au
More information: www.oldmelbournegaol.com.au
Williamstown Lantern Tour: www.lanternghosttours.com

iPhone App for Melbourne
An iPhone App called Play Melbourne has been released by Tourism Victoria designed to act as a
trusted local guide for visitors whilst in the city. The app allows visitors to navigate their way to some
of Melbourne’s coolest local haunts, be it a restaurant, bar, café or boutique. With the flick of a wrist,
users can establish where they are, where they want to be and exactly how to get there, a very
handy tool in a city renowned for tucking some of its best gems in laneways or unexpected locations.
With advanced capabilities including augmented reality, interactive maps and grids, pictures and
reviews and almost 500 listings of places of interest, users will never be short of a place to discover.
The Play Melbourne app is available for download through iTunes.

Wining and Dining hotspots

Fitzrovia the new kid on the block in St Kilda
The latest dining establishment to arrive on Fitzroy Street in beachy St Kilda is Fitzrovia. The
restaurant’s name is taken not only from the Fitzroy Street where it is located, but also the infamous
neighbourhood of Fitzrovia in the West End of London where the owners once lived and is a
bohemian and artistic enclave that was once home to writers such as Virginia Woolf, George Bernard
Shaw, Joe Orton and Arthur Rimbaud. Branded a ‘fine food republic’, the restaurant celebrates the
blend of inspirations that Chef Paul Jewson and the owners have gathered from their travels around
the world – from modern British cuisine, provincial Italian influences and Mediterranean flavours right
through to African and Moorish Spice on the hearty menu.
Media Contact: Fiona Brooks: + 61 407 900 840 or email: Fiona@zillaandbrook.com.au

Rue de Fleurus opens in Gertrude Street
Taking over a prime location on hot-spot Gertrude Street, Rue de Fleurus offers a convivial drinking
experience with a smattering of art and culture on the side. The bar takes its name from the Parisian
street where writer Gertrude Stein once ran her own salon. Creative additions to the candle-lit front
room include an upright piano and exhibition of works by Nicholas Jones - a Melbourne based
sculptor who uses books and printed paper to make works which question the manner in which
books are ‘read’. The back room is the perfect place for quiet intellectual discussion about such
topics. The reasonably priced drinks list offers a series of classic cocktails (Old Fashioned,
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Manhattan, Negroni), local wines and a few localised concoctions such as the Brunswick Shuffle (gin,
rosewater, lime, mint, sugar). There’s also a petite food menu of tasty bar snacks including cheese
croquettes, meatballs in rustic tomato sauce and stuffed calamari.

LuWoW, 62 – 70 Johnson Street, Fitzroy
LuWow is Gilligan’s Island in bar form. Cocktails and live performance are playfully served up in a
tropical kitsch interior at ‘the relaxed tempo of a South Seas holiday’. The venue’s front room is styled
as traditional tiki ‘Island village’, patrons relax in cosy bamboo huts decorated with stone deities and
leafy tropical ephemera while lounge exotica soundtrack plays in the background. The ‘castaway
chic’ continues in the back room, referred to as the Forbidden Temple, with sunset-themed
wallpaper, Hindu gods and glowing lights and skulls on sticks. Open on Friday and Saturday, the
Forbidden Temple features live bands, gogo dancers, DJs and Polynesian-style performances.
Tropical fruity cocktails served long with every possible garnish and decoration are the main focus of
the drinks list. Choose from the classic Mai Tai, to the Ti’ Punch (Rhum Agricole, lime juice and
sugar cane syrup served in a tiki bowl built for two) to the ‘ bikini bottom’ and the ‘Cocktail of Doom”
(sip at your own peril). A selection of brews including Mountain Goat beer is also available.


Little Red Pocket, Mezzanine level, 422 Little Collins St, Melbourne
Stylish Japanese bar Little Red Pocket is another brilliant addition to Melbourne’s network of chic
Asian-inspired venues which includes Golden Monkey, Nihonshu, New Gold Mountain, Robot and
Silk Road. The venue has an elegant but understated interior embodying the Japanese flare for
simplicity with geometric patterns and furniture in red, black and beige shades. There’s high bar
tables to perch on, cushioned seats and booths as well as a discreet outdoor balcony. The drinks list
features original, playfully named cocktails made from Japanese spirits such as Jumai Sake,
Umeshu, and Shochu. Some of the more colourful highlights include the Lychee Longtime (sake,
lychee, apple and rose) the Ginga Ninja (ouse-made lemongrass and chilli infused sake, lengthened
with ginger beer, lemon and vanilla) and Mr Miyagi ( Yamaki 12 year old whisky, raspberry puree and
Framboise, lengthened with cranberry juice and balanced off with a touch of lemon). The food served
includes a lunchtime selection of bento boxes and udon soups as well as an all-day-and-night
snacking menu of ‘Japanese tapas’ including prawn tempura, chicken riblets and beef tataki.

The Bottom End, 579 little Collins St, City
The Bottom End is the new venture from an original Melbourne laneway bar pioneer, Michael Delany-
Korabelnikova. Billed as part diner, part pub and part disco, the Bottom End is an irony-heavy
celebration of American culture. With a 24 hour license, a rotating selection of DJs, something to look
at every nook and cranny, the Bottom End is the perfect all-night party place. The deliberately
mismatched furnishings and outlandish styling of the bar’s roomy interior has prompted numerous
colourful descriptions from bloggers and online commentators including ‘somewhere between feudal
period glamour and the giant electric keyboard that Tom Hanks dances on in Big’;’1970’s playboy
penthouse’ and ‘hipsters version of Happy Days’. The food menu offers the sort of tasty goodness
that only the deep-fryer can deliver: four kinds of crinkle cut fries, deep fried mac and cheese balls,
extra-large burgers on brioche, buffalo wings. The drinks list doesn’t take itself seriously offering
three kinds of wine (‘cheap’, ‘reasonable’ and ‘good’) and cheeky cocktails such as the ‘Largerita’
(beer, rum, lime and agave), the Britney Spears (Marshmallow Vodka, Lena Banana and Blue
Curacao), the Single Mother (Southern Comfort, red wine and ginger beer) and, just for good
measure, the Australian Martini, complete with a smear of Vegemite, a bright green pickled onion and
a slice of Coon cheese.

Villages of Victoria – A guide to Metung
Metung is a tiny waterfront village tucked away in the heart of the Gippsland Lakes. This quiet
getaway destination is a scenic four hour drive east of Melbourne and is surrounded by calm
peaceful waterways. It is the perfect place for holiday makers seeking to enjoy the simple pleasures
of life.

Outdoor and Nature
Being surrounded by water makes Metung an obvious destination of choice for water-lovers. Embark
on a cruise, hire a boat or even bring your own. No visit is complete without an offshore experience.
Fishing is another water-based activity that is also very popular. Anglers can cast their lines off the
boardwalk for fishing in Bancroft Bay, or from public jetties in the village centre and back beach.
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Prawn season runs between January and April each year. Walkers can enjoy scenic trail walks at the
Nyerimilang Heritage Park, located on the shores of the Gippsland Lakes.

Wining and Dining
Gippsland is home to the largest number of farmer’s markets in Victoria. The Metung Farmers market
is held every second Saturday and it’s an ideal place to pick up fresh local produce to complement
your weekend away. From fine-dining at the new and expanded Metung Gallery at Bancroft Bay to
casual dining at café Bancroft Bites there is no shortage of great options for food lovers in Metung.
For alfresco eating get a takeaway of freshly baked goodies from Metung Bakery and enjoy a
relaxing picnic on the village green.

Contemporary Art
Despite the town’s total population being a humble thousand, the natural beauty of the area has
attracted many contemporary artists. Some notable artists in Metung include sculptor Kate Shones -
who creates her inspired pieces from junk and found objects - artist Tim Armstrong, gallery-owner
and artist Lee Nickless and copper sculptor Daniel Jenkins. Artistic couple Owen and Lyn Piggot
made Metung their home 27 years ago. Owen’s paintings exhibit both in Australia and overseas
whilst silversmithing wife Lyn creates stunning silver and gold jewellery. Another notable artist in the
area is Max Nicholson, who specialises in watercolour and oil interpretations of Gippsland Lakes and
keeps his studio open every weekend.

For more information: www.visitvictoria.com/villages

Enjoy sunshine, sea breeze and the great outdoors in St Kilda
With summer just around the corner, the palm-tree studded beachside suburb of St Kilda is a popular
base for overseas visitors to Melbourne. From adrenalin-pumping action and water sports to relaxed
dining and drinking along the foreshore there is plenty to keep holiday-makers entertained.

Kite-surfing and paddle-boarding have become popular St Kilda activities. Kite Republic
(www.kiterepublic.com.au), located at St Kilda West beach, offers classes for all levels from
beginners through to advanced riders. Right next door to the Kite Republic shop is the newly
redeveloped and historic West Bathers Pavilion. It is a perfect spot for pre-surf breakfast, tasty lunch
or a wind-down drink after a day of adventure.

Penguin Water Cruises (www.penguinwaters.com.au) introduces visitors to the thriving colony of
Little Penguins that exists just beyond the St Kilda shore. Spending an evening with these fascinating
little birds is a good option for those seeking a more leisurely pace. The one hour cruise departs daily
from St Kilda Pier at sunset.

The St Kilda Sea Baths on the esplanade (www.stkildaseabaths.com.au) has been a famous seaside
attraction for many years, and in the last decade has been developed into a major lifestyle complex
offering bathing, a well-equipped gym with a wide range of classes, an award-winning day spa and a
selection of cool bars and eateries. A favourite with visitors is beachside watering hole, Republica,
with its garden, lounge, restaurant and rooftop. Their outdoor bar is a great place for the cavalcade of
human traffic - rollerskaters, pedestrians, bathers, cyclists.

Other quality dining and drinking options along the esplanade include the long-running Donovan’s
restaurant (www.donovanshouse.com.au), an acclaimed one chef’s hat restaurant that offers an
exciting menu with a modern American influence.

Nearby, The Stokehouse (www.stokehousemelbourne.com.au) combines ‘beach shack glamour’ with
exceptional hospitality. The venue, which underwent a major redevelopement in 2010, features new
dining room designed by architect Pascale Gomes McNabb (who also designed the interiors of
cutting edge restaurants Cumulus Inc. and Cutler and Co), outdoor cocktail bar and an
accompanying menu of modern Australian cuisine crafted by executive chef Anthony Musarra and
head chef Oliver Gould.

Those seeking out fresh produce should head to St Kilda’s monthly farmers market, the Veg Out
Farmers’ Market (www.vegout.asn.au ), one of the busiest metropolitan farmers markets in


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Melbourne which offers a range of organic produce all sold directly by the grower and producer right
on St Kilda's doorstep.

2012 Melbourne Winter Masterpieces announced
Another blockbuster year for art and pop culture lovers is in store for visitors to Melbourne in 2012
with the recent announcement of Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibitions Game Masters at ACMI
and the highly anticipated Napoleon: Revolution to Empire coming to the NGV.

Games Masters (28 June – 28 October, 2012, ACMI)
Melbourne is widely known as a major creative hub for Australia’s videogames industry, a reputation
that will be confirmed in 2012 with Game Masters, a highly interactive videogame exhibition,
presented at The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) as part of Melbourne Winter
Masterpieces from 28 June 2012. Completely curated in-house by ACMI, Game Masters will
showcase the work of leading local and international videogame designers with over 125 playable
games from the arcade era through to the latest console and mobile game technology.

More than 40 game designers who have made a significant and ongoing impact in the field will be
profiled throughout the exhibition, including well-known international, independent and Australian
game designers. The designers’ work will be explored through a combination of rare concept artwork,
newly commissioned interviews and playable games.

The exhibition will include special section devoted to the golden age of arcade games from the 70s
and 80s as well as an exploration of independent game designers including such local talent as
Melbourne-based Firemint, whose mobile game Spy Mouse, recently became the most downloaded
game on the Apple App Store in September 2011.

The Game Masters exhibition will be accompanied by a series of public, film and education
programs, expected to appeal to people of all ages and abilities, from the budding game developer to
smart phone users, children to the ‘original’ gamers.

Game Masters is a follow up to ACMI’s successful 2008 Game On exhibition (attendance: 148,000)
which explored the history of videogames and videogame genres from the 1960s to the present day.
Media Contact: Claire Butler, + 61 3 8663 2415 claire.butler@acmi.net.au
More information: www.acmi.net.au/

Napoleon: Revolution to Empire (2 June – 7 October, 2012, NGV International)
Opening at NGV International on 2 June, 2012, Napoleon: Revolution to Empire is a panoramic
exhibition examining French art, culture and life from the 1770s to the 1820s.

Its story runs from the first French voyages of discovery to Australia during the reign of Louis XV to
the end of Napoleon’s transforming leadership as first Emperor of France

The exhibition will provide a fascinating insight into French art and culture from one of the richest and
most tumultuous periods in French history: the era of Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine,
two of the world’s most dynamic and influential historical figures.

The exhibition will bring more than 200 works from late 18th and early 19th Century France, including
paintings, watercolours and drawings, engravings, sculpture, furniture, textiles, porcelain, glass, gold
and silver, fashion, jewellery and armour. The exhibition also features incomparable treasures drawn
from Europe’s most important Revolutionary and Napoleonic collections, including the Château de
Malmaison, Château de Versailles, Musée Carnavalet and Musée de l’Armée in France, the
Napoleonmuseum Thurgau in Switzerland, and the Museo Napoleonico in Rome.
Media Contact: Jemma Altmeier, +61 3 8620 2345 jemma.altmeier@ngv.vic.gov.au
More information: www.ngv.vic.gov.au/ngv-media/

December Events

MELBOURNE
Australian DanceSport Championship, Hisense Arena, 7. 11 December


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The 66th Australian DanceSport Championship brings the world’s best dancers to Melbourne for three days of
glitz, frivolity and competition. Judges from the Australian Dance Society rate the dancing couples as they burn
the floor with cha cha, samba and the waltz with couples from 22 countries competing to win in the coveted
Asian Pacific and Australian titles.
For more information: visit www.dancesport.org.au
Media contact: Julie Cavanagh + 61 419 306 540

JBWere Masters, Victoria Golf Club, 15-18 December
The JBWere Masters returns to the Victorian Golf Club after an epic 2010 tournament when Stuart Appleby
held off fierce competition from international players including Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia. The 2011
competition is sure to excite fans once more when top players from around the globe compete against
Australia’s greatest golfers.
For more information: visit www.australianmasters.com.au
Media Contact: 9584 1733

Pipilotti Rist, The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), 21 December - 4 March
ACCA presents the first major exhibition of works, including a new commission, by leading Swiss international
artist, Pipilotti Rist - one of the most sought after artists of this century. This summer Rist will saturate ACCA’s
walls and ceilings with her sensory seasonal narrative through a sequence of immersive video works.
For more information: www.accaonline.org.au
Media contact: + 61 3 9697 9999

Vodafone Boxing Day Test, Melbourne Cricket Ground, 26 - 30 December
One of the most celebrated rivalries in world sport and Australia’s greatest annual cricket match: this year’s
Vodafone Boxing Test at the MCG is set to be a classic, as Australia take on India in the first match of the
Vodafone Test Series. Australia is looking to regain the number one Test Ranking, while India is keen to win its
first Test series in Australia.
For more information: visit www.cricket.com.au
Media contact: Rebecca Appleton + 61 3 9653 9999

2011 Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight, Sidney Myer Music Bowl, 24 December
Melbourne’s much-loved tradition continues with the annual Carols by Candlelight. Bring a blanket, sing
Christmas carols under the stars and be part of this grand occasion. The event begins at 8pm, with gates
opening at 4pm.
For more information: visit www.visionaustralia.org

Melbourne’s New Year’s Eve Party, 31 December
Join Melbourne’s largest free New Year’s Eve party. Celebrate with two spectacular fireworks displays, free
entertainment including DJs, live bands, performers, family fun and children’s entertainment at various locations
throughout the city.
For more information: visit www.thatsmelbourne.com.au
Media contact: Beck Angel on + 61 3 9658 9858

Love Never Dies, Regent Theatre, throughout December
Melbourne hosts the Australian premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical masterpiece, Love Never
Dies, following its West End opening season. Seen by over 100 million people worldwide, Webber's Phantom
of the Opera is widely regarded as the most successful show in entertainment history. The dramatic love story
continues in Love Never Dies.
For more information: visit www.loveneverdies.com.au
Media contact: Suzie Howie suzie@howietaylor.com.au
Media contact: Sue Coffey + 61 3 8620 2346

Space on Screen, ACMI, Federation Square, throughout December until 29
January
The world premier of this exhibition blurs the distinction between fact and fiction to examine how the creative
imagination and a desire for discovery have inspired artists, filmmakers and scientists through generations. Star
Voyager includes rare feature film and documentary footage, video artworks, television clips, animations, as
well as costumes and production materials, which reveal the relationship between the moving image and
space, fact and fiction.
For more information: visit www.acmi.net.au/starvoyager
Media contact: Claire Butler + 61 3 8663 2415

Ancestral Power and the Aesthetic, Melbourne Museum, throughout
December until 12 February


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An exhibition showcasing the extraordinary painted works collected from Arnhem Land during the 1930s and
1940s by Melbourne-based anthropologist, the late Professor Donald Thomson. Highlights of the exhibition
include bark paintings and objects decorated with sacred clan designs.
For more information: www.museumvictoria.com.au/melbournemuseum
Media contact: Maree Martin + 61 418 571 483

Tjukurrtjanu: Origins of Western Art, The Ian Potter Centre, NGV Australia, throughout
December until 12 February 2012
This superb exhibition features more than 200 of the first paintings produced at Papunya in 1971 / 72 by the
founding artists of the Western Desert art movement. Works by celebrated artists including Uta Uta Tjangala,
Shorty Lungkata Tjungurrayi and Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula display the mastery of colour and style that
characterises the work of the founding Papunya Tula painters.
For more information: visit www.ngv.vic.gov.au

The Suzuki Night Market, Queen Victoria market, Wednesdays throughout December
until 2 March
Take in the vibe at Melbourne’s most popular night market each Wednesday night (except 28 December) from
5.30pm. 10.30pm. The market showcases world cuisine and produce accompanied by local wine and beer from
regional Victoria, as well as world music performances and local bands. Visit some of the 200 eclectic stalls
selling fashion, handmade jewellery and artisan wares.
For more information: visit www.qvm.com.au
Media contact: Misti Dullard on + 61 3 9320 5829

The Mad Square: Modernity in German Art 1910 - 37, NGV International, throughout December until 4
March
This major exhibition focuses on German Modernism and highlights the great aesthetic innovations that were
made by artists throughout Germany in painting, sculpture, graphic art, photography, film and the decorative
arts during the years from 1910 to 1937. The exhibition features more than 200 works from leading artists such
as Paul Klee, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, George Grosz, Otto Dix, Max Beckmann and Christian Schad. The range
of artwork included in the exhibition is the most comprehensive display of European Moderism ever shown in
Australia.
For more information: visit www.ngv.vic.gov.au
Media contact: Shakira Silvestri (+ 61 3) 8620 2411

REGIONAL VICTORIA
RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride, Swan Hill to Castlemaine, 26 November - 4 December
The 2011 Great Victorian Bike Ride is a touring cyclist’s delight. Organised by Bicycle Victoria, this stunning
590 kilometre cycling course takes in well known as well as hidden delights in the Murray and Goldfield regions,
including Swan Hill, Kerang, Echuca, Boort, Wedderburn, Maryborough and Castlemaine.
For more information: visit www.greatvic.com.au
Media contact: John Myers + 61 3 9818 6339 or + 61 409 215 120

The Australian Motorcycle Endurance Championship, Phillip Island, 2 - 4 December
The six-hour race was awarded Australian Championship status for 2011, and will see 40 teams vie for victory
in four major classes including Superstock 1000, Superstock 600, Production 1000 and Production 600. A
breathtaking racing destination, Phillip Island boasts panoramic ocean views and great spectator vantage
points all around the track.
For more information: visit www.the6hour.com.au/index.html
Media contact: Kim Storey + 61 3 5952 2729

Seafarers Multicultural Festival, Lakes Entrance, 2 - 4 December
The Seafarers Multicultural Festival encompasses a dynamic program of seaside themed entertainment
including sand sculptures, a seafood cooking competition and a model boat regatta, all celebrating Lakes
Entrance’s primary industries: tourism and commercial fishing. Family activities include a beach sports
challenge and children’s art workshops. The ambassador for this year’s festival is Stefano de Pieri.
For more information: visit www.seafarersfestival.com.au
Media contact: 1800 637 060

Made in Hollywood, Bendigo Art Gallery, 3 December - 12 February 2012
Drawn from the archives of the John Kobal Foundation, this photographic exhibition focuses on the stars, the
sets and the scenes created by the American film industry from 1920 to 1960. It features more than 90 images
including Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart and many other film
celebrities.
For more information: visit www.bendigoartgallery.com.au
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Media contact: Glenn Harvey + 61 3 5434 6109

Santa visits Puffing Billy, Dandenong Ranges, 3, 10 and 17 December
Santa is coming to Puffing Billy! Travel aboard a decorated steam train through the scenic Dandenong Ranges
to Emerald Station, where Santa will have a special gift for each child. Enjoy refreshments served by Santa.s
helpers or hire a paddleboat, share a picnic or take a leisurely forest walk. Daytime and twilight sessions
available.
For more information: visit www.puffingbilly.com.au
Media contact: Leanne Tyrrell leanne@tyrrellpr.com.au + 61 3 9629 7000


Vic Super Murray Marathon, Yarrawonga, 27 - 31 December
One of the longest annual canoe races in the world, this race covers 4+ 61 4 kilometres over five days between
Yarrawonga and Swan Hill. Less experienced paddlers can join the half marathon or the relay. All proceeds go
towards supporting communities in the Murray region.
For more information: visit www.murraymarathon.ymca.org.au
Media contact: Ingrid Ruff + 61 3 5480 7555

The Falls Music & Arts Festival, Lorne, 28 December - 1 January
This is one of Australia.s great music festivals, offering live entertainment, camping, markets, arts and film in
lead up to New Year’s Eve. Each year the festival attracts a world-class line-up of over 50 local and
international bands, DJs and comedians. Some of the great acts include Arctic Monkeys, Arj Barker, Easy Star
All Stars performing Dub Side of the Moon in full, Fleet Foxes, The Jezabels and Tim Finn.
For more information: visit www.fallsfestival.com
Media contact: 1300 891 152

Pyramid Rock Festival, Phillip Island, 29 December, 1 January 2012
Count down to the New Year with top national and international musical acts performing rock, hip hop, blues
and roots, dance and electronic music. The festival will be opened by television’s ROCKWIZ host Julia Zemiro,
Brian Nankervis and The ROCKWIZ Orkestra. Pyramid is held on a private coastal property on Phillip Island
with stunning views of Pyramid Rock and Cape Woolamai. It offers three days of camping, market stalls, a food
village as well as shuttle buses to nearby surf beaches and temporary car parking.
For more information: visit www.thepyramidrockfestival.com
Media contact: + 61 3 5952 2729

Summer Art at Old Post Office Seymour, throughout December until 8 January
This year.s Annual Summer Art Show showcases work by Australian artist Richard Chamerski. This prestigious
exhibition also features Australian artists David Taylor, Maxwell Wilks and David Chen.
For more information: visit www.artseymour.com.au
Media contact: + 61 3 5792 3170

Double Visions, McClelland, Mornington Peninsula, throughout December until 5 February
Double Visions exuberantly explores contemporary art with ideas of portraiture and the body as the focus and
looks at the changes that occur between painting, photography, digital image and sculpture. Artists featured
include Juan Ford, Cherry Hood, Petrina Hicks, Justine Khamara, Rosemary Laing, Ron Mueck, Jan Nelson,
Evan Penny, Patricia Piccinini and Julie Rrap.
For more information: visit www.mcclellandgallery.com
Media contact: + 61 3 9789 1671




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