Yarraville Festival, Shadow Electric’s New Season, Walking Sculptures, Happy Colours and more this weekend

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February 9, 2012 5:00 pmtoFebruary 12, 2012 11:00 pm

It’s all happening out west this summer. Last week Footscray hosted Laneway, this weekend it’s Yarraville’s time to turn up the fun-o-metre. This Saturday the 18th annual Yarraville Festival sees the suburb’s main drags closed off and filled with things much more fun than traffic: poetry readings, art stalls, crafts, food, live music, rides. You get the picture.
WHAT: Community Fest
WHEN: Sat 11 Feb from 9am
WHERE: Anderson and Ballarat Sts, Yarraville
WEB: yarravillefestival.com.au

Shadow Electric, the outdoor cinema at Abbotsford Convent, has been such a hit since launching in January that it’s extending its season for another dozen films throughout February. There’s stuff like The Professional, Bad Boy Bubba and Slum Dog Millionaire to be enjoyed under the stars. On Sundays the bar opens at 3pm, ping pong tables take over the cinema space until screening and food trucks like the Taco Truck and Beatbox Kitchen drop by on rotation. Not sure if they’ll be serving choc tops.
WHAT: Al fresco cinema
WHEN: Throughout February
WHERE: 1 St Helliers St, Abbotsford
WEB: shadowelectric.com.au

Fluorescent colours are not like conventional colours. There’s a science behind what makes these particular colours so bright, but let’s just say they make the world a happier place. For a slice of this happiness, look no further than Fluoresce which is taking over the NGV at Federation Square from this Saturday. In just under a month, eight Melbourne-based artists including Eddy Carroll, Rowena Martinich and Michelle Francis will produce works in a variety of mediums that will transform NGV Studio into a fluorescent coloured wonderland.
WHAT: Happy colours
WHERE: NGV Studio, Federation Square
WHEN: 11 Feb – 8 March
WEB: ngv.vic.gov.au/whats-on/ngv-studio

Looking like somewhere between a majestic sailboat and the skeleton of an extinct mammoth, a “Strandbeest” is calling Fed Square its home and can be seen crawling around during February. It is the creation of Theo Jansen, the Dutch artist who has spent the last 20 years conjuring and constructing his walking creatures. Fusing art and engineering, Strandbeests are giant self-propelled examples of nervous systems, made mostly with plastic tubes and bottles.
WHAT: Walking Art
WHEN: Until February 26
WHERE: Federation Square
WEB: www.fedsquare.com/events/strandbeest

Ballarat artist Dawn Lim is rising in the art scene and will be showing off her work in her very first exhibition at One Hundredth Gallery in Prahran. Lim is presenting 19 original paintings that are for sale anywhere between $170 and $660. Definitely worth checking out if you’re on the hunt to see new, exciting art.
WHAT: Art Exhibition
WHEN: Sat 11 Feb until 19 Feb  12:00pm – 2:00pm
WHERE: One Hundredth Gallery, 49 Porter Street, Prahran (between Greville Street and Commercial Road)
WEB: 100thgallery.com

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