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Where to Have a Rollicking Good Time at Oktoberfest in Melbourne

oktoberfest2 Beer lovers in and around Melbourne will be rubbing their hands together with anticipation of the much-loved annual event that is Oktoberfest. In Melbourne, Oktoberfest is nothing short of legendary. Year on year, Oktoberfest is becoming one of the most exciting events to go to, and many Australians jump on this fabulous opportunity to don some lederhosen and let their hair down.  Check out our Guide to dressing for Oktoberfest.

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The Top Ten Awesome Halloween Costumes with Makeup

best halloween makeupMost of the world seems to agree that Halloween is an awesome time of year. We really love to dress up, and we also seem to relish a good fright! It’s human nature to want to improve, so every year we try to get more inventive with our costumes and make up. The more authentically scary our Halloween get up is, the better!

If you are looking for a bit of Halloween inspiration, you’ve come to the right place. Let our top ten costumes with makeup suggestions and tutorials inspire you to go all out this Halloween. Each character is adaptable for both men and women, and it can actually be a lot of fun pulling off a different gender convincingly.

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How to Host Your Own Bogan Bingo Night

have fun as a boganBogan Bingo is such a fun way to spend an evening. It doesn’t hurt to have a good giggle at our cultural quirks and stereotypes from time to time. Every country and continent around the world has them, and one of Australia’s most famous is the Bogan ‘bad taste’ culture. It’s even popular in London UK now!

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Walk Like an Egyptian: Costume Ideas

cleopatra and marke anthonyThe ancient Egyptian Empire is thought to have been established around 3000BC. It continued until 300BC. The ancient Egyptians were a fascinating bunch, with fascinating ideologies and rituals.

They ancient Egyptians are also famous for their elaborate clothing. They loved to dress up in extravagant costumes – or nothing much at all – and celebrate. All over the world today people have so much fun dressing up Egyptian-style and mimicking their behaviour. Ancient Egyptians are still influencing pop culture today, as evidenced in many movies and fashion trends.

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4 Magical Ways to Celebrate Harry Potter’s Birthday in Melbourne

harry potter birthdayIt’s funny how time seems to warp when we try to recall movie dates, and books are the same. It’s incredible that the world’s favourite young wizard, Harry Potter, has been around in print for 20 years! As it happens, we’ve been tricked… Harry has actually been around for 37 years! For those baffled by the mystical maths, Harry came to life in 1997 with The Philosopher’s Stone, but he was actually born to J.K Rowling back in 1990, apparently on a crowded train… fortunately only in her mind!

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Disney Dreams: Dazzling Disney Dress-Up Ideas

Disney party ideasIn their own words, “the mission of The Walt Disney Company is to be one of the world’s leading producers and providers of entertainment.” With more than 250 films and counting, it certainly seems like Walt Disney’s dreams came true. Even the oldest of Disney’s iconic characters are alive and well in the minds of children and adults alike.

Disney’s films inspire a lasting nostalgia in viewers, with many having seen their favourite movies time and time again; then there are the gargantuan theme parks frequented by Disney fans from all over the world. Not everybody has the time – or bank balance – to get to one of those, but with a bit of innovation and inspiration, it’s possible to enjoy the Disney themes in other ways. Here are some ideas for you:

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How to Celebrate Bastille Day in Melbourne

french national day Bastille Day is a commemoration of the events of 14th July 1789, when crowds of angry Parisians stormed the Bastille prison. This was an act of rebellion, intended to communicate their resistance to the king’s supreme rule; it ended up being the beginning of the French Revolution, in fact, and the subsequent formulation of the modern French Republic.

Since 1880, 14th July has been national holiday in France. It is called Fête de la Fédération and celebrates the success of those who risked all for change on that fateful day. This celebration of French culture now happens all over the world, with parties, balls, feasts, fireworks and parades… all in the name of freedom. It should come as no surprise that Melbourne is fully on board with this too!

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6 Ways to Maximize Your Melbourne Winter Fun

Winter wonderlandOf course, with the changes in temperature the activities that appeal to us change, but that’s all part of what keeps this city alive all year round. Well-defined seasons can be a blessing; there’s always something new and exciting to do.

Melbourne is a cultural city whatever the season, and winter brings a lot of promise on that front. Here you’ll be able to find plenty of activities, events and gatherings to keep you entertained… and in the unlikely event that the idea of these Melbourne’s winter activities leaves you cold, we have some suggestions as to how you can make your own fun!

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Time Machine: Go Back to the Roaring Twenties

1920s time machineThe 1920s is known as the roaring twenties for a reason. Today the roaring twenties still invoke nostalgia; it was the era that birthed glamorous fashion and decadence. This memorable decade was also the time when women became able to vote, and people generally became more liberated; personal cars were more prevalent, people became very interested in dance, and plenty of partying was the done thing. It seems we have never looked back!

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Let’s Get Medieval: Game of Thrones Celebrations To Die For

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Now there’s a heady combination: your favourite show, Game of Thrones, and a vast range of fine wines. An event company by the name of Bottle Shop Concepts has anticipated your deepest desires and put together a series of events across New Zealand and Australia; Aptly named ‘Game of Rhones’, this event is intended to be a celebration of both the fabulous grape varieties of France’s Rhone Valley region, and the phenomenal TV show Game of Thrones.

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Funky Buddhas Unite in Melbourne this Month

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With the 22nd Buddha’s Day and Multicultural Festival just around the corner on 20th and 21st May, there is inspiration to be had on many levels. Melbourne residents and visitors with an interest in or curiosity about Buddhism have a fabulous opportunity to celebrate Buddha’s Birthday, as well as Melbourne’s multicultural, multi-faith society.

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May the 4th Be With You on International Star Wars Day

anakin star warsMay the 4th Be With You on International Star Wars Day

Star Wars has been one of the most influential stories of our time. It has its place in the hearts of many cultures around the world; George Lucas’ magnificent work has been utterly inspirational and has opened the minds of many, motivating us to expand our notions of what is possible.

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