Loads of music over five stages across the foreshore, upper esplanade, gardens and Fitzroy Street.
Highlights depend on your tastes, but maybe Dan Sultan or The Jezabels or even The Models on the main stage, a collection of indie locals in O’Donnell Gardens, check out the Indian lads in the Band-ish Quartet at the Live’n’Local stage and there’s more – here’s a list.
There’s also lots of dance, kids stuff, weird stuff and street performers – here’s the complete list.
TWISK highlights include:
Max Riebl – The Great Pretender @ Christ Church
Sunday 6 pm – 7.15 pm
Acclaimed countertenor Max Riebl presents ‘The Great Pretender’ a blend of love ballads of the fifties and sixties with excerpts of Bach’s sacred cantatas for the countertenor. Info
Bollywood Dance Performance & Interactive Workshop @ Dance Zone (next to Sea Baths)
Sunday 6.45 pm – 7.30 pm
Bindaas Dance Company with a Bollywood performance – there will be dancing. Info
Palais Theatre open afternoon @ Palais
Sunday 1 pm – 4 pm
View the magnificent $26 million renovation in all its glory. Info
Hare Krishna Ratha Yatra Parade @ Beaconsfield Parade & Fitzroy Street
Festival of the Chariots (Ratha-Yatra) is a Chariot Parade where visitors can participate in pulling the Chariot with ropes while chanting and dancing. Info
Giant Seagulls @ Upper Esplanade
Noon – 4.30 pm
These tricksters will steal your chips. Don’t say you were not warned.
Arrrk Arrrk Mine Mine
Open arvo @ Memo Music Hall, Acland Street
Escapee the maddening crowd with a musical break – Checkerboard Lounge, Tanya George and Mike Elrington
3 pm – 7 pm | Details
Medieval combat @ Triangle
Noon – 8 pm
Joust in jest? Or is this serious mum? Check the medieval combat all day on the triangle site – is this a metaphor for council politics? Tally ho
Not the festival …..
Twilight Market @ O’Donnell Gardens
Thursday 8 & 15 February, 5 pm – 10 pm
Last two markets of the summer. Food trucks, stalls and great location.
Comm Games Baton Relay@ St Kilda Lifesaving Club and beyond
Saturday 10 February, 7.30 am
Mayor Bernadene Voss will lead a short public event to start the relay outside St Kilda Life Saving Club at 7.30 am. The runners then take to the streets:
Jacka Boulevard / Beaconsfield Parade to Langridge St – 7.45am to 8.15am
Canterbury Road and Fitzroy Street: 8.15 am – 8.35 am
Lakeside Drive: 8.35 am – 9.00 am
Lakeside Drive through to Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre: 9.00 am – 9.40 am
Cecil Street: 9.40 am – 9.55 am
Ron S. Peno & The Superstitions @ Memo
Saturday 10 February, 7.30 pm
With The Sand Peddles, an evening of passion and grand atmospheres. $35/$25
Tix and info
Tarantinofest @ Astor
Saturday 10 February, 6 pm
A dusk till dawn marathon featuring Reservoir Dogs, True Romance, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, From Dusk Till Dawn, Kill Bill Vol: 1, Kill Bill Vol: 2, and The Hateful Eight – 70 mm Roadshow Presentation. There will be a 30 minute breakfast intermission after Jackie Brown.
Tix and info
HIR @ Redstitch
Until 4 March
Red Stitch kicks off the year with HIR – offered as part of Midsumma – a tenderly heartfelt and highly intelligent new work from Taylor Mac, whose A 24-Decade History of Popular Music was the critical smash hit of the 2017 Melbourne Festival.
Tix and info
Kudditji – The Master of Colour @ Laneway Artspace
Daily until Sunday 11 February, 10 am – 6 pm
The Laneway Artspace is honoured to host their most ambitious exhibition yet – ‘Kudditji – The Master of Colour’ – a major retrospective of the works Kudditji Kngwarreye (1930–2017).
Presented with ’The Shape of Light’ – Bulgarian-born Artist, Krasimir Bekyarov’s Australian Solo Exhibition Debut. Krasimir’s wondrous stoneware and porcelain creations will star in a fully-illuminated exhibition.
148A Barkly Street, St Kilda
(up the red brick laneway between St Kilda Cycles and Petbarn)