Two big events are heading to Melbourne again this August! We’ve got all the info on what to see, visit, and of course, where to park.

 

Melbourne Writers Festival (25th August – 3rd September, 2017)

Helmed as “Australia’s premier literary event” by the Sydney Morning Herald, the Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) is back for its 31st edition.

In addition, one of the world’s oldest film festivals – the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) – is going to make waves again this month!

The Melbourne Writers Festival will run from 25th August to 3rd September across different locations in Melbourne. This year’s festival will be graced by both iconic and upcoming writers.

The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) runs from 3rd to 20th August. The film festival will showcase both Australian and international films.

We have picked some highlights from both festivals, all within walking distance from convenient Melbourne CBD parking at Le Garage.

 

Mapping Our Future City: Interactive Exhibition

Fed Square Main Plaza

Discover this exciting pop-up installation starting 26th August.

Be mesmerized by the combination of technology and imagination and how they will shape our future. Set your senses free and find out how visions for the future will come to life!

This exhibit is free and open to all! It will open its doors at 9:30 am daily. On the last day of MWF, 3rd September, will start welcoming visitors at 10:00 am.

 

Live Game: Dungeon Time

ArtPlay, Birrarung Marr (behind Federation Square)

If you’re looking for something fun and educational for your kids to do, head over to ArtPlay on Saturday 26th August and Saturday 2nd September.

Let your kids play heroes in a live game that’s guaranteed to make their imagination run wild! Kids better prepare for an epic adventure involving dragons and saving friends in distress.

Serving as game master is Melbourne based game developer, actor, writer, and comedian Ben McKenzie.

Dungeon Time is suitable for kids aged 5 to 8. Tickets for this event now be purchased here.

 

Gala: A Better Tomorrow

Deakin Edge, Federation Square

Listen to a “no holds barred” session featuring some of the sharpest minds from MWF’s roster on Thursday 31st August.

Witness writers engage in the art of disputation and hear their individual takes on issues that matter and how we can better society in the future.

Writers include:

  • Jane Caro
  • Stan Grant
  • Omar Musa
  • Yassmin Abdel-Magied
  • Tony Jones

The session kicks off at 6pm and will be hosted by Australian singer Clare Bowditch.

Tickets to this event can be booked here.

 

Harry Potter Day

Fed Square

Boys and girls, and ladies and gentlemen of all ages: it’s time to celebrate 20 enchanting years of Harry Potter!

Let Professor Frankie Falconette (played by Nadia Sunde) walk you through the wizarding world of Harry and friends. Watch live performances and other magical mischiefs on September 3.

Whether you are a Muggle-born or pure-blood, you are welcome to join this free event! And don’t forget to don your best wizard robes… we hear some great prizes are up for grabs!

 

Our top picks from the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) (3rd – 20th August, 2017)

Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF)

Jungle (Australia, 2017)

  • Regent Theatre

Aussie director Greg McLean takes on a true story in his film entitled Jungle. The film will premiere on Thursday 3rd August at the Regent Theatre during MIFF’s Opening Night Gala.

The movie is an adaptation of Yossi Ghinsberg’s memoir. It centres around Ghinsberg’s (played by Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe) adventure with friends in the Amazon back in the 1980s.

Be prepared for a film about survival and overcoming adversity.  The movie will also be screened on Friday 11th August at Hoyts Melbourne Central and on Thursday 17th August at the Comedy Theatre.

Sally Potter Retrospect

  • Various Cinemas

This year’s MIFF will pay tribute to a true innovator of cinema, Sally Potter. The British director’s films have always pushed subject matters to the limit – deviating from the what is usually standard or conventional.

Aside from a showcase of Potter’s filmography, her new movie – The Party is set to premiere at the festival. Check out the Sally Potter films included in the retrospect and their schedules here.

Gurrumul (Australia, 2017)

  • Kino Cinema, 450 Collins Street

Sadly, we recently lost Gurrumul following a long illness.

The film festival had previously announced a Closing Night film based on the life of one of Australia’s most admired artists, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu.

Please be aware that MIFF is currently seeking advice on the presentation of the film. Stay up-to-date on MIFF’s Facebook.

 

Melbourne city parking for MWF and MIFF

As the MWF and MIFF take over Melbourne’s CBD, these events will surely draw huge crowds.

To make your MWF and MIFF experiences even more fun and enjoyable, it’s best to plan ahead! With so many writing sessions and film screenings, it is best to figure out what you want to do, where you need to go, and where you should park!

For safe, convenient, and affordable Melbourne city parking, look no further than Le Garage. Its convenient Flinders Street location is close to a variety of both MWF and MIFF venues.

Remember, when you book your parking online in advance, you save even more! Make the most of Melbourne’s festivals this August. Enjoy!