Five must-do activities at Melbourne Knowledge Week
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From a virtual scavenger hunt to bug tech to sexbots – here are some recommendations for events you shouldn’t miss during the upcoming Melbourne Knowledge Week.
Melbourne Knowledge Week is back this year with over 100 events across the city, expanding its list of events to include workshops, cultural exhibitions and special focuses on the health and medical sectors. This year, the week will focus on health and medicine, innovation and technology, design and urban planning, community learning and creative culture. Running May 9-15 and with over 80% of the programming free, here’s our list of five must-do activities for this year’s Knowledge Week.
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The opening night
Kicking off narrm ngarru/Melbourne Knowledge Week is a welcome festival with a song and storytelling performance by dancers Lessie Lloyd and Djirri Djirri. Taking place in the forecourt of the State Library, the dancers will follow a ceremony of welcome to the country and smoke. The Djirri Djirri Dancers are the only female Wurundjeri dance group, whose name translates to Willy Wagtail in Woiwurrung – the language of the Wurundjeri people. This will be followed by an exploration of the rich history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander songs and tales by social historian Jessie Lloyd.
The opening night will take place on Monday, May 9 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The event is free, but you must register to guarantee your ticket. To do this, head here.
A Bug’s Life (After)
Insects are the next big step in overhauling our global food system and fighting climate change. To The life (after) of an insect, you’ll work your way through interactive stations, such as a larval life cycle station, paired with expert commentary and audio and video content to learn about the world of emerging insect industries. Discover new approaches to food waste and innovative technologies that use natural resources to achieve positive environmental results.
A Bug’s (After) Life is free, no registration required. It takes place at Foy’s Arcade at 6/246 Bourke Street. For more information and schedules, go to here.
Meet Anna-bot, a human-computer interaction experiment and exploration of erotic technologies. As part of ongoing research that explores the female voice and aesthetic design, participants (adults) are invited into an enclosed capsule where they can personalize the personality of an intimate robotic prototype before engaging in conversation with her . Aiming to challenge the preconceived notion of sexbots, future sex explores the notion of human/robot connection to promote a technological future with consent, inclusion and security at the forefront.
future sex is free. Please note that this event is restricted to participants aged 18 and over. It is held at the No Vacancy Gallery and the Café on level 3 of the QV building. For more information, visit here.
An instillation and multiplayer game, musical monoliths are four musical pillars that stand in the State Library of Victoria’s Keith Murdoch Gallery. Representing a different musical instrument, players can stand in front of them, wave their arms or move their body to make them light up and emit their musical tone. It can be done solo or in fours to create and discover musical harmonies.
musical monoliths is free and takes place at the State Library of Victoria. For more information, visit here.
QR Melbourne Scavenger Hunt
Perfect for passionate puzzle solvers, the QR Melbourne Scavenger Hunt invites participants of all ages to embark on a scavenger hunt through QV Melbourne. There’s a chance to win prizes for those who can successfully navigate their way through all six game locations – really the perfect way to hone your problem-solving skills!
The QR Treasure Hunt takes place throughout QV Melbourne. Participation is free. For more information, visit here.
“We bring the city to life with our knowledge and provide activities for thinkers, innovators and explorers of all ages. Best of all, over 80% of the program is free,” says Mayor Sally Capp. “We know innovation is key to ensuring Melbourne remains a top destination for investment and jobs, and we are delighted to be hosting an event that showcases the world-class experts operating here, on our doorstep. .”
“Melbourne Knowledge Week will explore exciting opportunities, tackle challenges and develop the skills we need to shape our future – cementing Melbourne’s status as a university city,” says the Chief Portfolio Advisor of the Education and Innovation, Davydd Griffiths. “We want to support curious minds and encourage learning at all ages, and this event is the perfect forum for our great thinkers and learners to come together to brainstorm ideas.”
For more information on ticketed and ticketed events, and the festival in general, go to here.