Southgate comes alive with SummerSalt

SummerSalt Outdoor Arts Festival

Every weekend

23 January – 21 February 2015

From 23 January-21 February, Southgate’s promenade will come alive with music, dance, circus, theatre and art. The precinct is an integral part of the new SummerSalt Outdoor Arts Festival, featuring unique and creative collaborations by Melbourne’s leading arts organisations.

The SummerSalt program features an eclectic range of free events on the banks of the Yarra River in the Southgate precinct. Festival goers can experience interactive theatre, puppetry, storytelling and giant art installations along the promenade.

The riverside program showcases engaging and thought-provoking works from vibrant independent artists, and is set to entertain tens of thousands of visitors this summer. Born in a Taxi, one of Melbourne’s most highly regarded physical theatre ensembles present three physical and interactive shows at the Southgate pedestrian bridge. Ragtime gangsters from the days of black and white movies, a giant whale whose stomach you can enter to uncover the mysteries of the deep, and an interactive life size chess board with a bossy queen, cunning pawn and silly knight to dish out the rules of a fairy tale game.

SummerSalt at Southgate also features Melbourne Fringe 2014 People’s Choice Award winner Long Answers to Simple Questions (Games), by Tom Davis. Showcasing the elite skills of artists who have worked with Circus Oz, Circa and Cirque du Soleil, the physical performance explores, with humour and kindness, the importance of relationships and community through grief and loss.

Many promenade shows are characterised by their immersive nature, where audiences are given an opportunity to interact with performers. Dancefarm Gameshow sees ‘Mr Hotwheel’ ask audience members to spin the wheel in order to manipulate the dancers through a game of chance. Puppeteer Lana Schwarcz invites viewers to peer into the world’s smallest theatre and enjoy a one-minute puppetry show of The Curator, who needs your help to find the missing piece in his exhibition.

Southgate Summersalt Program

Picnic

Pocket Fool

aMoment

aMoment Caravan

sharpshooters

SharpShooters

Escape to the infinite

Escape to the Infinite

ballet

Melbourne Ballet

Curious Game

Curious Game

long answers

Long Answers

cocoloco

Coco Loco

the curator

Minute Exhibit

UPTOWN BROWN ss

Uptown Brown

born in a taxi

Something Fishy

 

Chloe Chignell - Circulations

Circulations

 

SummerSalt Festival!

SummerSalt – the outdoor arts festival you’ll flip for!  Over five extraordinary summer weekends, the Melbourne Arts Precinct is turned on its head. Music, dance, circus, theatre and art burst into life and spill out onto the streets of Southbank.

This inventive program of events is a unique and creative collaboration of Melbourne’s leading arts organisations including Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Arts Centre Melbourne, Australian Centre for Contemporary Arts, Chunky Move, Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Theatre Company, National Gallery of Victoria, The Australian Ballet and Victorian College of the Arts amongst many others.  There’s something for everyone!

During the day, families can explore fun, free and low cost events such as interactive theatre, puppetry, storytelling, giant art installations and hands-on workshops.

In the evenings, Southbank will come alive with exciting outdoor concerts, street-art, theatre and cinema until late!

So, don your shorts or summer frock, throw on your hat and slip slop slap. Come be a part of SummerSalt Outdoor Arts Festival 2015. You’ll never see the neighbourhood in the same light again.

Check out the full program here!

Gastrology reviews Hophaus Southgate

Gastrology attended the launch of reinvented European bier hall ‘HOPHAUS’ at Southgate last week.

Along with the impending opening of new Southgate Italian wine and tapas restaurant ARTUSI, Red Emperor’s new location and chef Lin Chan (Flower Drum), and Bluetrain’s critically acclaimed new upper level fit out, HOPHAUS affirms Southgate’s position as a landmark Melbourne dining and socialising destination.

Read the full review here

The Modern Con reviews Amarok Bar Restaurant

Check out what The Modern Con had to say about Amarok Bar Restaurant and Ice Bar Melbourne.

With winter around the corner, Melbournians are pulling out the duvets and snuggling by the heater; but why do that when you could head to Southgate – a location becoming more and more trendy by the week – and enjoy the warmth of a fireplace with cocktails and tapas in style?

Amarok is Southgates newest venue to open its doors, right next to HOPHAUS. The venue immediately emminates a cosy environment with a lodge-like feel; a moose head on the wall, warming colours and a gorgeous view of Southbank.

Read the full review here

Hophaus NOW OPEN!

We are excited to announce Hophaus is now open on the mid level at Southgate!

With an impressive selection of German, Austrian, Belgian and Czech Brews on offer, Hophaus is a unique drinking house, somewhere to taste and learn about the famous German beer styles that have influenced the drinking habits of generations across the globe.

The menu features classic Bavarian favourites such as Pork Knuckle, Bratwurst, Wiener Schnitzel and more. All with a contemporary Melbourne flair and an open kitchen showcasing low and slow cooking methods over the coal fired pit and rotisserie.

Open every day 11am till late!

Amarok Bar & Restaurant now open at Southgate!

Explore an exciting new dining experience on the banks of the Yarra River. The restaurant within Chill On Ice Lounge (now known as Melbourne Ice Bar) has been re-imagined as Amarok Bar & Restaurant now offering a perfect fusion of Native North American flavours made from the freshest local Australian ingredients, served up in a unique and relaxed informal setting. Open now on the mid level, Southgate.

Progressive Dinners becomes Southgate Moveable Feasts!

This year Southgate’s Progressive Dinners have been given a makeover and will now be known as Southgate Moveable Feasts!

Its time to celebrate winter dining with friends at a Sunday lazy lunch progressive and the classic Monday night progressive dinner. Choose from a three course dinner or lunch for $60 or $85 at three different restaurants. This year we are excited to bring you 14 Southgate restaurants including newcomers Artusi, Amarok Bar & Restaurant, the new Bluetrain and Hophaus!

Southgate Moveable Feasts are on sale now! Book now to secure your tickets.

HOPHAUS to open at Southgate!

DEXUS Property Group and Red Rock Leisure officially announce the launch of HOPHAUS, in Southgate restaurant and shopping precinct’s iconic space previously occupied by Bluetrain (now on Southgate’s upper level).

A contemporary twist on the great Bavarian Beer Halls, HOPHAUS is the latest addition to Red Rock Leisure’s stable of social pubs and Southgate’s restaurant precinct, drawing inspiration from the history and tradition of the world’s original “craft breweries” that celebrates the Germanic approach to brewing, one of both art and science. With unparalleled views along the Yarra housing up to 350 patrons, HOPHAUS is set to become an exciting new destination for Melbourne social gatherings.

Scott Travers, DEXUS Regional General Manager Office & Industrial says, “We are proud to announce the opening of HOPHAUS at Southgate this year, which will add a unique new beer hall experience to Southgate. Along with the impending opening of new Southgate Italian wine and tapas restaurant ARTUSI, Red Emperor’s new location and chef Lin Chan (Flower Drum), and Bluetrain’s critically acclaimed new upper level fit out, HOPHAUS affirms Southgate’s position as a landmark Melbourne dining and socialising destination.”

HOPHAUS owner, Paul O’Brien says, “We wanted to create a truly one-of-a-kind experience in this iconic location, an experience that delights and surprises yet also feels familiar and hospitable.”

HOPHAUS will house over 30 draught taps around its huge central bar.  With an impressive selection of German, Austrian, Belgian and Czech Brews on offer, HOPHAUS will be a unique drinking house, somewhere to taste and learn about the famous German beer styles that have influenced the drinking habits of generations across the globe.

HOPHAUS’ architectural design has been created by the multi award-winning Maddison Architects founded by Peter Maddison of Grand Designs Australia.

Peter Maddison says, “We have taken great delight in crafting a unique interior for this project, which is based on research of European beer halls, and then re-inventing them, so that the materials and finishes are familiar, yet somehow different.  This can be seen in for example, the polychrome glazed brickwork (over 6,000 in total) that feature throughout the venue.”

Feature beers will change regularly and some of Germany’s and Europe’s oldest and most loved brews will be available on tap, including beers from the famed Weihenstephan (the world’s oldest brewery), Paulaner, Franziskaner and Bitburger breweries.

HOPHAUS will also feature a selection of German, Austrian and Alsace wines by the glass along with New World wines that celebrate the region’s famed varieties: Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gruner Veltliner and more.

The menu at HOPHAUS will feature classic Bavarian favourites with a contemporary Melbourne flair with a big focus on communal shared dining. The open kitchen will showcase low and slow cooking methods over the coal fired pit and rotisserie.

Executive Chef, Marc Brown promises the food will be exciting and fresh, using age-old European cooking styles that bring out the natural flavours of great Victorian produce.

“Uncomplicated, nothing too fussy or overly sauced, just good honest food that will keep you coming back for more,” says Marc Brown.

The kitchen will be open for lunch and dinner, while a bar menu will complement an afternoon or late night brew.

Hophaus is anticipated to open in late May 2014. For more information subscribe to the Southgate eNewsletter.

Flavours of Melbourne

In this second edition of Flavours of Melbourne the book uncovers Melbourne’s nooks and crannies – upstairs, downstairs and through the complex laneway system. Featuring beautiful photography, the history of how our city came to be, recipes, street art, restaurants and bars – all coming together in this exciting new book about the flavours of the most liveable city in the world, Melbourne.

The cover showcases the vibrant street art culture of Melbourne’s laneways as well as doubling as a map; the dustcover itself folds out into a map pinpointing the hotspots of Melbourne.

Not only is this book your guide to Melbourne but it’s your at-home recipe guide to Melbourne’s dining scene. With recipes from all your favourite restaurants, where head chefs use the local produce that surrounds Melbourne.

Winner of World Gourmand Cookbook Awards, New York City IPPY Award.

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