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Melbourne Ukulele Festival 2013

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The fourth annual Melbourne Ukulele Fesival will take place in inner-city Northcote from Friday March 1 to Sunday March 3. The event will feature free music and workshops (catering for both beginners to advanced), as well as ticketed events.

One feature of the festival is the Pimp My MUF Ukulele Art Show, where visitors will find a display of over 100 customised ukuleles that have been painted, carved, drilled and more. If one takes your fancy, you can even buy it! The show will be launched at 303 on High Street on Friday March 1, from 5.30pm and 7.00pm. It will then run for the length of the festival.

Other activities to look out for include the open uke stage at Klub MUF at 303. There will be ukuleles and related products on sale at the Uke Market, while Open Studio will host performances throughout the weekend.

This year, the Melbourne Ukulele Festival's international artists include James Hill and his partner Anne Janelle. James Hill will star in the dinner show on opening night, which will take place in the Regal Ballroom from 7.00pm to 11.00pn. An after party will take place at 303 from 11.00pm.

A form favourite during the 2012 festival, Benny Chong, the Hawaiian jazz uke legend, will also be returning in 2013. You can see him perform during the concert at Northcote Town Hall on Saturday night, which will run from 7.30pm to 11.00pm (with an after party again taking place at 303).

James Hill and his wife Anne


There will also be performers from across the Tasman, like The Big Muffin Serious Band, The Pukes, Thermaleles and Ukephoria. Australian stars include Bosko and Honey, AJ Leonard, Tyrone and Lesley (who will be launching their new album at the festival), Rose Turtle Ertler, Sam Lemann, Renee Searles and others.

In all, there are over 50 acts and workshops to look out for at the Melbourne Ukulele Festival. A full schedule of the events can be found here.
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Why? Over 50 ukulele acts and workshops
When: March 1-3
Where: Various locations in Northcote
Cost: There are both free and ticketed events
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