There is just so much to see in Melbourne City and walking, the best way to do it.
Federation Square is hardly “square”. It is a complex of modern designed buildings around open spaces with amphitheater steps, large screens (broadcasting Winter Olympics) and restaurants all around. The buildings also house exhibitions of Aboriginal Art, and other forms of art and design. Set opposite Flinders Street Station, between Flinders Street and the Yarra River, it was designed as a focal point for contemporary cultural and civic activities and is close to the Melbourne Art Centre, and National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). Down on the riverside, more bars and eateries line the Yarra.
On the grassed area outside the Art Centre, on Sunday morning was a market of arts and crafts people to display their wares. Some beautiful pieces for sale and quite different from the usual arts and crafts markets I have been to.
The National Gallery of Victoria is a favourite of mine. It was holding “Trienniel” – an international exhibition featuring over 100 artists from 32 countries. Being the weekend, it was very popular and although I tried twice, the large queues of people didn’t seem to be dwindling and I left, hoping to return on Monday, but time got away from me.
I did manage however avoid the rain and get a last minute seat at a show in the Art Centre where there were a number of productions on the go. I saw “The Show Must Go On”. Bernadette Robinson performed a one woman show, signing the well known songs of such as Judy Garland, Edith Piaf, Barbra Streisand, Shirley Bassey, Julie Andrews and Maria Callas. She did a monologue between the songs with the theme that despite these performers’ personal problems or difficulties, they would go on with ‘the show’. She mimicked the well-known stance and actions of these performers and their voices – so well, I could close my eyes and think it was the original performer of those songs.