Seven unmissable events to catch at Melbourne Knowledge Week

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Seven unmissable events to catch at Melbourne Knowledge Week

Sui Zhen
Words by Tammy Walters

From interactive experiences to discussions and live music performances, Melbourne Knowledge Week’s 2021 program has something for everyone.

Parks and Recreation’s favourite sarcasm-slayer, April Ludgate, once said: “Time is money, money is power, power is pizza, and pizza is knowledge”. But pepperoni will have to step aside because Melbourne Knowledge Week (MKW) is about to be served!

City of Melbourne have pulled together an appetising menu of events to feed hungry minds across seven days from Monday April 26 until Sunday May 2. 

With the vision of sparking exploration, discussion, idea sharing, innovative thinking and challenging assumptions, this years’  MKW program will focus on connecting people, places, research and technology to imagine the city of the future. And the best part, most of the events are FREE!

Here are seven unmissable events to catch as part of this year’s Melbourne Knowledge Week. 

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Can Melbourne Live In The Doughnut?

This special digital keynote delivery sees UK based academic and creator of the doughnut economics model, Kate Raworth, present her widely implemented model that finds a comfortable intersection of the social foundation of human wellbeing and an ecological ceiling of planetary sustainability. The presentation, followed by Q&A and small-group facilitated discussions, will take place at Meat Market Hub on Wednesday April 28.

Entrepreneurship for the Rest of us (E4TROU)

In a time when the claim to entrepreneurship fame is as easy as updating your LinkedIn title, Entrepreneurship for the Rest of us will make participants stop and consider the social impact of entrepreneurship. Styled as a full-day symposium led by Tom Dawkins, Co-Founder and CEO of StartSomeGood,  E4TROU will be broken into masterclasses, panel discussions, keynotes and workshops to explore the nature of social entrepreneurship and the social enterprise formula. It’s happening at Meat Market Hub and the MKW Digital Hub from 10am-5pm on Wednesday April 28. 

Losing, Linda

Experimental pop and performance artist Sui Zhen will bring her latest album, Losing, Linda to the stage at the auditorium at Meat Market Hub. The album confronts grief, loss and mortality, penned when her mum was diagnosed with cancer. Between being a palliative carer and continuing to pursue music, Sui Zhen filtered her feelings directly into the album writing cycle. This performance will see music from Losing, Linda take the forefront partnered with amazing video art, as well as offering snippets of her latest album endeavour. It will all go down Saturday May 1 from 8pm.

The Story Of Gelam The Dugong

A culinary experience combined with song and story, The Story of Gelam The Dugong partners a series of dishes inspired by the story of Gelam that takes you on a journey from land to sea and back again. Hosted by Mabu Mabu, owner and head chef of Nornie Bero, The Story of Gelam The Dugong shares the Torres Strait experience through tale of the Dauar and Waier, Islands off the coast of Mer Island in the Torres Strait, with each course reflecting the traditional foods and native ingredients of the journey. In true storytelling style, First Nations performers including Kee’ahn and Soju Gang will lead a complementary music component. It’s happening on Thursday April 29 and Friday April 30 from 6:30pm-9pm at Meat Market Hub. 

Smart and Circular

In Smart and Circular, participants will learn about the potency of data and technology to cut waste and enable circular economy business models by Jodie Bricout, leading circular economy expert and founding member of the Circular Economy Innovation Advisory Committee, and a panel of expert speakers. A great free event to consider how technology can create a more sustainable future. It’s happening on Thursday April 29 from 3:30pm-5pm via the MKW Digital Hub.

Little Food Festival Pop-Up 

The future is the children and in the Little Food Festival Pop-Up event, kids and their connection to food is the focus. Brought to you by Sandro Demaio Foundation and Monash University, Little Food Festival Pop-up uses play-based learning to about complex topics such as sustainable food systems. With three main workshop station set ups, kids are encouraged to THINK, INSPIRE and SPARK ACTION whilst gaining optimal status, awarded the title of ‘Food Waste Warriors’. This free event is happening Sunday May 2 between 10am and 2pm.

Dungeons and Dragons

Fancy a game of fantasy and imagination? Play Dungeons and Dragons in a new format with a biometric mirror, using biometric facial scanning to generate game characters. Not only will you be playing the game, you’ll be part of it thanks to the latest research by the University of Melbourne’s HCI Group on future directions for tabletop role-playing games, showing you first-hand how much emerging technology can change the game playing experience. Roll the dice from Monday April 26 until Saturday May 1 between 6.30pm–8.30pm at Meat Market Hub and Digital Hub.

For further information on Melbourne Knowledge Week and for program details head to the MKW website