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1) Missing The Mark: The Melbourne Landmark Ideas Competition 1978 @ Old Treasury Building

Sydney had a few prominent landmarks in the 1970s, but Melbourne, well not so much. So in 1978 the Victorian Government created a competition, asking people to submit potential Melbourne landmark ideas.

These 'ideas' have now formed the short, sharp and sweet exhibition (free of charge), titled Missing The Mark: The Melbourne Landmark Ideas Competition 1978, which is currently being held at the Old Treasury Building.

Potential ideas included the Yarra crocodile, a giant kangaroo with a revolving head, crystal pyramids and the crystalline M-shaped building. Over 2000 entries came from all over the world. In all honesty, the exhibition is not overly exciting, but it is worth a visit.

If your someone who appreciates art, history and culture, you would feel right at home. And if anything, you could also hang out at nearby Treasury and Fitzroy Gardens. For what its worth, this exhibit could enable you us Melburnians to show a greater appreciation for our unique city.

2) Diwali Festival @ Federation Square

Once you are done at the Old Treasury building; Federation Square should be your next destination for more Melbourne culture.

That's right, Melbourne is the city of culture and diversity, where people from all different backgrounds are respected and form part of this amazing city we are blessed to live in. On this note, it is appropriate that Federation Square is host to the Diwali Festival once again. This special event will be held on Saturday the 22nd of October at Federation Square between 1pm-9pm.

Experience folk and Bollywood dance; it is worth noting that there will be a Bollywood dance workshop available to participate in for all you dance lovers out there. Even though the AFL season is over for another year, enjoy guest appearances from some AFL players, plus there will be children friendly activities in tandem with an Indian food and a craft bazaar. So you see, you do not need to be Indian to appreciate this festival. It is so great that Indian culture and cuisine is available to be enjoyed and appreciated; yet there is something for everyone.

Look out for the Diwali Boat riding along the Yarra with fireworks scheduled at 9pm, ending this cultural filled, eventful day with a bang (sorry, no pun intended).

Additionally key Melbourne landmarks such as the Melbourne Museum will be illuminated with this cultural theme. And film screenings and open dance performances will be the flavour of the moment at Diwali 2011.

3) Art of the Pacific Exhibition @ National Gallery of Victoria

Furthermore, last but not least, head to the NGV International on St Kilda Road for the Art of The Pacific exhibition on the third floor - a different world in itself. It is not the easiest exhibit to find being so isolated, yet the lighting is bright and illuminating. The exhibition features classic aboriginal and traditional art to be adored and appreciated. Finish with a coffee at one the gallery's pit stops in style, or head to one of Melbourne's nearby parks such as the Kings Domain at the end of your free exhibits of Melbourne's culture mecca.
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Federation Square always has something exciting happening, whether it's a gallery, a screening, live music, or a performance. Definitely worth a visit if you're in Melbourne and looking for something interesting and low budget to do!
By Lisa Williams - senior reviewer
Wednesday, 15th of February @ 01:07 am
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