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All Ages

With Declan Burgess

The holiday season is nearly upon us and there’s no better way to get into the spirit than by hitting up The Channel this Friday December 2 for this year’s final New Slang. Headlining is the winner of Best Female Artist in the Age Music Victoria awards; Alex Lahey with support from Bec Sandridge and New Zealand rockdogs The Beths. That’s not even all though, because Greer Clemens (Frida, Frances Fox) is gracing The Channel as DJ Drew Partymore, blasting tunes all night.
 
Screeching into Trades Hall this Saturday December 3 is VoiceFest 2K16 2.0, an exclamation of individual expression delivered by young people for young people. Sporting an all-inclusive list of performers including Amanda J Bier, Last Minute, UZUMAKI, Artful Dodgers and R-Fam Dance Crew as well as spoken word acts like Soerti B Kadir (Emerge In the West, National Young Writers Festival) and professional face painter Atong Atem. VoiceFest is totally free, but entry via donation is encouraged and raises money for various charities assisting disadvantaged youths. Also all donators go into the running to win a slew of cool prizes.
 
Also on Saturday the Arts House is throwing open its doors for its free Summertime Party. From early afternoon the Arts House is soaked in a vibrant array of live performances, activities and art installations all handpicked to make you feel warm inside. Journey around the cavernous insides of the gallery and immerse yourself in startling sets from acts like Mojo Juju, Speak Percussion, Paul Gorrie and performances from The Trilogy Ladies and Anna Lumb.
 
If you like having a sausage in the sun and a little boogie then Triple R has you covered this Sunday December 4 at CERES Environment Park. Presenters from Greening the Apocalypse, Eat It and The JVG Radio Method broadcast live in the radiant heat of grilling meat and meat substitutes. The Triple R Barbarque Day is totally free to attend, the only cost being maybe the bottle of sunscreen you might need.