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Best of Brunswick
A weekly guide to what’s on and things to do in Postcode 3056 and surrounds. Compiled by Poppy Searle
What: St John’s Fete and Op Shop Bonanza
When: 10am-2pm, Saturday, March 2
Where: St John’s West Brunswick, corner of Victoria Street and Melville Roads, Brunswick West
Head down to St John’s West Brunswick Fete & Op Shop Bonanza for a community event with free live music by local group Too Late for Sorry, Devonshire Teas, cakes, and jams and explore stalls of handcrafted knitted goods and local treasures. The church Op Shop will be open, offering a variety of pre-loved items.
What: Phillipstown Historic Walk
When: 11am-12pm, Saturday, March 2
Where: Meet at Union Hotel, 109 Union Street Brunswick
Phillipstown was the area around Union and Grantham Streets from the 1840s to the 1860s, known for the clay deposits used in the brickworks and potteries in the area. Join Margaret Fleming from the Brunswick Community History Group on a walking tour to explore the rich historical narrative of Phillipstown. This tour will take you through Union Street and Grantham Street, where you will discover how this area evolved into a thriving village. You’ll hear insights into the economic and architectural developments that characterised Phillipstown during this fascinating period.
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What: (Dis)connected to Country by Jahkarli Felicitas Romanis
When: Friday, March 1 to Sunday, March 24
Where: Hillvale Gallery, 43-45 Edward Street, Brunswick
Presented as part of the International Festival of Photography, (Dis)connected to Country maps the intersections of place, identity, and family, and the way that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have inextricable connection to the land, as Country and self are intertwined and inseparable. Working with oral histories, the project reflects on the traumatic history of Australia with specific focus on Pitta Pitta Country and the removal of artist Jahkarli Felicitas Romanis’ great-grandmother in the early 1900s during the Stolen Generations. The exhibition will open at 7pm on Friday with an intimate spoken word performance by Romanis who will read poems that relate to the photographs.
Image: detail from Jahkarli Felicitas Romanis, Unknown Coordinates 2022
What: Glamourhead Sharks LGBTQIA Swim Squad
When: 6pm every Wednesday in March and April
Where: Brunswick Baths, 14 Dawson Street
Queer swim club the Glamourhead Sharks are coming to Brunswick Baths and hope you can join them. For eight weeks in March and April, the Glams will be offering tailoured swim training every Wednesday from 6-7pm. Starting in 2001, the Glams are Victoria’s only LGBTQIA+ swim club and are now the state’s largest Masters swim club. If you can swim 300m and are keen to improve your fitness and your technique with your queers peers, the Glams are for you. Your first three swims are free.
What: Yothu Yindi and Immy Owusu
When: Doors open at 7pm, Tuesday, March, 5
Where: Estonian House, 43 Melville Rd, Brunswick West
Cost: $80 + booking fee
The Brunswick Music Festival is Australia’s longest-running inner-city music festival, presented by Merri-bek City Council with 60 shows throughout the festival program. The lineup is headlined by ARIA Hall of Fame inductees Yothu Yindi, still touring tirelessly after three decades with original members and fresh talent from the next gen. Support comes from Immy Owusu, whose blend of West African Surf Coast rock’n’roll creates a unique and genre-defying sound.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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