Monday, June 20, 2016

The land of Oz

I hope you are staying warm, well and connected so far this winter.  There's been research to show that all those things help when getting through the dark season - particularly still going outside to exercise and socialise, which I definitely did this past weekend.

Mr Rosanna and I actually took the kids to see Circus Oz in Twenty-Sixteen for the first time over the weekend and we had a ball!  We'd never seen Circus Oz before and I can highly recommend going to see them over the next three weeks while they're at Birrarung Marr or when they come to the Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre in September.  However, there's nothing quite like seeing them under the Big Top (which is heated) and we absolutely loved it - from the live band, to the very funny trio of hosts including 'Infinity Love Beads' to the amazing acrobatics and bravery of the performers who were often balancing at, or moving from, great height.  I was marvelling at the athleticism and strength as there are similar performers who attend my weekly yoga class and you realise the amount of training they must do every day to perform such feats.

We parked at Fed Square undercover and walked from there to Birrarung Marr, not realising that the Melbourne Design Market was on in the carpark itself, as well as River Rink, which has also started.  Despite the freezing temperature, there were lots of people all around, which was great to see.

There are a lot of events on in the next week including locally - the Banyule Art Salon opening and the Projector Bike Tour of Banyule, as well as Sitelines by Natasha Johns-Messenger at Heide Museum of Modern Art.

My friend Louise Kyriakou also has her Life & Times exhibition opening at  Outre Gallery in the city this Friday night and I love some of her paintings for this show, of which I've already had a sneak peek.  Degas opens at the NGV for its Winter Masterpieces exhibition and its Friday Nights at the NGV Unplugged live music program also starts this Friday night including performers such as Clare Bowditch, Husky, Jen Cloher, Jess Rebeiro and Augie March.  Nice one Melbourne!

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