February 21-27

Best of Brunswick

A weekly guide to what’s on and things to do in Postcode 3056 and surrounds. Compiled by Poppy Searle



What: Localise the Love Photography Exhibition
When: Tuesday to Saturday from February 28 to March 30
Where: 49 Sydney Road, Brunswick
Cost: Free 

Localise the Love Photography Exhibition (formerly known as Faces Behind the Scene) is a five-week pop-up showcasing the business owners and operators along Sydney Road, Brunswick. Its goal is to strengthen connections and raise awareness about the diverse 525 businesses along the shopping strip. The exhibition features portraits of 24 businesses and excerpts from interviews led by photographers.



What: So Close to Home by Mick Cummins
When: 6.45pm, Tuesday, February 27
Where: Coburg Library, Corner Victoria and Louisa Street, Coburg
Cost: Free, but registration essential 

This conversation with author Mick Cummins will explore the world of his debut novel, So Close to Home, which was published last year by Affirm Press. Cummins is a Coburg resident and winner of the 2023 Victorian Premiers Literary Award for Unpublished Manuscript. Drawing on Cummins’ career as a social worker, the story follows 18-year-old Aaron, charismatic and resourceful, grappling with addiction and life on the streets of South Melbourne and presents a narrative dealing with homelessness, power dynamics, and enduring ties.

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What: Brunswick Beethoven Festival presents Sergio de Pieri OAM
When: 8pm, Saturday, February 24
Where: Brunswick Uniting Church, 212 Sydney Rd, Brunswick
Cost: $35/$20 students/$25 concession

At an age when most people would be well and truly retired, 91-year-old Sergio de Pieri OAM is showing few signs of slowing down. Closing off this year’s Brunswick Beethoven Festival, the distinguished organist will present a performance of Chopin’s works. Originally from Treviso, Italy, de Pieri played a key role in reviving interest in the organ upon migrating to Australia in the 1960s. In a career spanning performances in Australia, Europe, the USA, and Canada, he was the organist at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne for a decade and chief study lecturer for the organ at the University of Melbourne for many years.


What: Capture the Moment, Photography at the Cemetery
When: 1.30-4pm, Saturday, February 24
Where: Coburg Pine Ridge Cemetery, Bell St, Preston (enter via gates on Bell St, parking inside)
Cost: Donation on the day

Whether you’re an enthusiastic amateur equipped with a phone or a professional photographer with a keen interest in cemeteries, this is an opportunity to explore fascinating graves, capture compelling shots, and share hints and tips on photographing in cemeteries. You truly never know what interesting graves you will come across. Photographs taken will help to catalogue the graves for the FindAGrave and Friends of Coburg Cemetery databases, and the best will feature in the FoCC’s 2025 calendar. This is a family-friendly event with children’s activities available.


What: Vagabond Press First Release 2024
When: 6-8pm, Tuesday, February 27
Where: The Alderman, 134 Lygon Street, East Brunswick
Cost:  Free

Join independent literary publisher Vagabond Press in celebrating the release for 2024 of six new titles. The occasion will mark the launch of noteworthy works, including The Maker of Garlands by Pooja Mittal Biswas, Companions, Ancestors, Inscriptions by Peter Boyle, Polyp by Ashley Haywood, Raw Salt by Izzy Roberts-Orr, Search Histories by Caitlin Farrugia and Three Books by Brunswick local LK Holt. Established in 1999, Vagabond Press publishes prose, poetry and criticism by established and emerging writers from Australia, Asia-Pacific and the Americas.


Upfield Railway Line historic walk: 11am-12pm, Saturday, February 17; $15. More informationBrunswick Beethoven Festival: February 20-24; various venues; tickets $20-$35. More informationFuture River: When the Past Flows: Until April 24, Counihan Gallery, 233 Sydney Road. More information

We are keen to promote genuine community events and happenings, big and small, so if you have know of something coming up, or of a venue that you think deserves to be promoted to a wider audience, drop us a line at listings@brunswickvoice.com.au.

The deadline for submissions for this weekly column is close of business on Monday. Priority will be given to events scheduled over the next seven days.