More summer fun in January with our Summer Sessions program

    Published 31 December 2021

    Summer Sessions at Town Hall Reserve South Melbourne with Karin, Queen of Rock Uke

    We ushered in the summer in style in December with the launch of our Summer Sessions program – a series of pop-up events bringing the community together across the three locations.

    And we’re just getting started. Our January events will continue to energise the community across our public spaces and provide a boost for our local traders.

    Summer Sessions kicked off on Friday 17 December at Cleve Gardens in St Kilda. The launch event marked the beginning of 12 weeks of creative activities across three locations at Cleve Gardens in St Kilda, Burnett Grey Gardens in Ripponlea, and Town Hall Reserve in South Melbourne.

    We opened with a taste of what’s to come with live music and a neon light installation alongside speeches from Mayor Marcus Pearl, a Welcome to Country featuring a Smoking Ceremony and local traders to feed you.

    Attendees enjoyed live music courtesy of Orlando Jazz Combo who bought their unique blend of jazz, swing, rhythm and blues, bossa nova, lounge, Motown, boogaloo and soul to Burnett Grey Gardens.

    Our upcoming events will continue to inject that summer energy across our three gardens with a fantastic program that has something for everyone’s taste with local traders on hand for all your food and drink needs. While you're enjoying the festivities, make sure you play your part in staying COVID-safe by throwing a bottle of hand sanitiser in your bag and maintaining a safe 1.5-metre distance from others. 

    Cleve Gardens (St Kilda)

    On Saturday 22 January, you can enjoy even more live music as we welcome Romanie to Cleve Gardens. Romanie is the project of Belgian born, Melbourne based singer-songwriter Romanie Assez. With her honest and intimate songs, she brings you melancholic and sometimes personal topics written from her new home base. A dreamy, fragile sound paired with authentic songwriting and soothing vocals. Inspired by musical muses such as Middle Kids, Phoebe Bridgers, Billie Marten and Lucy Rose - Romanie always aims to be direct and personal through songwriting, exploring topics such as anxiety, self development, hope and friendship. Romanie will play two 45 minute sets at 2.30 pm to 1.15 pm and again at 1.45 pm to 2.30 pm.

    More live music at Cleve Gardens will be confirmed for Sunday 23 January  from 12.30 to 2.30 pm which we will update on our website: Summer Sessions - Live Love Local - City of Port Phillip

    Town Hall Reserve (South Melbourne)

    We have even more fantastic music lined up for Saturday 22 January in South Melbourne with Margherita Duo playing from 12.30 pm to 1.15 pm and again at 1.45 pm to 2.30 pm. Born and raised in Italy, Margherita has been part of bands and duos singing in different musical styles and formations. She has performed extensively here and overseas in several clubs in Melbourne and Italy as well performing as a soloist singer in the Jazz Big Band of the University of Salamanca, Spain.

    To round off a weekend of great live music, don't miss the sounds Mystic Trio playing their original and traditional Timorese songs on Sunday 23 January. The Mystic trio sound is laid back and relaxing, almost mesmeric. It comes straight out of a culture where singing is second nature. Mystic Trio will play two 45 minute sets at 2.30 pm to 1.15 pm and again at 1.45 pm to 2.30 pm.

    Burnett Grey Gardens (Ripponlea)

    On Saturday 22 January, Burnett Grey Gardens will host Helen Katankin. Helen is the solo moniker of singer-songwriter, instrumentalist, and producer Helen Catanchin. Formally trained as a jazz singer, Katankin was born from the artist’s desire to return to her singer-songwriter roots, and integrate pop and electronic elements into her works. Helen will play two 45 minute sets at 2.30 pm to 1.15 pm and again at 1.45 pm to 2.30 pm.

    We’ll be back with more live music on Sunday 23 January as Romanie returns to the Summer Sessions stage, this time at Ripponlea. Romanie is the project of Belgian born, Melbourne based singer-songwriter Romanie Assez. With her honest and intimate songs, she brings you melancholic and sometimes personal topics written from her new home base. A dreamy, fragile sound paired with authentic songwriting and soothing vocals. Inspired by musical muses such as Middle Kids, Phoebe Bridgers, Billie Marten and Lucy Rose - Romanie always aims to be direct and personal through songwriting, exploring topics such as anxiety, self development, hope and friendship. Romanie will play two 45 minute sets at 2.30 pm to 1.15 pm and again at 1.45 pm to 2.30 pm.

    For a full list of upcoming events throughout the summer and food and drink available, follow this page: Summer Sessions - Live Love Local - City of Port Phillip

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