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Ten things we love about August

Soak up the last month of winter with a huge array of events. Here’s what we’re loving this month.
Melbourne International Film Festival
The Melbourne International Film Festival is a must-see event on every film-lovers calendar. Championing emerging and established local film-makers, it’s on from 3 to 20 August at various venues across the city.

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‘In the fade’, starring Diane Kruger, is screening as part of the Melbourne International Film Festival

Supersense: Festival of the Ecstatic
In its third year, Supersense brings together internationally-renowned artists and performers. Exploring a huge range of contemporary and traditional dance, music, film and visual art, this is a must-see for musical lovers. 18 to 20 August at Arts Centre Melbourne.
Codebreakers at ACMI
Code breakers is a chance to get hands on and try your hand at games from some of Australia and New Zealand’s best game makers. From platformers and role-playing strategy games through to graphical adventure and racing, there’s something for all skill levels. Until 5 November at ACMI.
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The Gardens Between is part of ACMI’s Code Breakers exhibition. Narrative design and production by Brooke Maggs, published by The Voxel Agents 3

Indian Film Festival
Immerse yourself in 13 days of film of the latest and best films from India at the Indian Film Festival. The program includes Bollywood blockbusters, powerful indie films as well as documentaries from India and the subcontinent. Special guests include internationally acclaimed actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who will hoist the Indian flag as part of India at 70 celebrations. 10 to 22 August at various venues across the city.
Flinders Lane Gallery
Flinders Lane Gallery has been exhibiting exceptional and collectable artworks since 1989. Their August program includes Zac Koukoravas’ Blue Lines, featuring artworks on multiple layers Perspex, characterised by shadow and light, depth and space.  Sarah Amos’ Tracing the Wall, an exhibition that straddles the divide between high art and domestic textile decoration, runs concurrently. 8 to 26 August.
Melbourne Writer’s Festival
Every year the Melbourne Writer’s Festival brings together hundreds of the best writers from Australia and around the world. Get ready for storytelling, conversation, debate, live performance, music and art events for readers of all ages. Don’t miss Harry Potter Day at Federation Square, a free all-ages event, celebrating 20 years of ‘the boy who lived’. 25 August – 3 September.
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Join the celebrations for Harry Potter Day, as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival

As part of Artshouse, Nightdance will run from Thursday 24 August to Sunday 27 August. Mimicking the pulsating, seductive experience of a nightclub, the performance slides from exotic dance to burlesque to pop. Investigating the economy of entertainment and the currency of the body at night, come along for a one-of-a-kind performance.
Burger making masterclass
Join Meat Market’s head chef as he runs the class through the tips, tricks and secrets to a perfect burger. Beef Up Your Burger Game includes a sit-down lunch with your burger creation and beer or wine. You’ll also take home recipe cards and 800g of burger patties you’ve lovingly made. 12 and 26 August at Meat Market, South Wharf.
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Burger masterclass at Meat Market

Urban foraging 2.0
Learn about edible (and inedible) weeds and natural plants on this unique tour. Urban foraging is all about sustainable methods of sourcing food, and will feature a foraged lunch with the ticket price.
Lady Cutler showboat cruise
August’s boat cruises with the Lady Cutler include Champagne and Seafood BrunchBlues Brothers Boat Party, and Burlesque cruises.  Live burlesque, cabaret and comedy fills the upper deck of the Lady Cutler on selected dates.