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White Night Melbourne started in 2013 and attracted more than 300,000 people to Melbourne’s city streets, laneways, landmarks and the cultural institutions that are open from dusk-till-dawn. It is inspired by Paris’ Nuit Blanche, the international network of White Night programs that has grown to over 20 cities globally.

Etsy and the CAE (Centre for Adult Education) have joined forces to participate in White Night Melbourne in an all night pom pom making project. You can join in the making of a progressive garland of white pom poms in a collective workshop with special guest instructors. It’s suitable for the whole family or friends to participate in and will happen from 7pm-7am on Saturday 22 February. CAE is on the corner of Degraves and Flinders Lane. They will provide pom pom templates ready for you to do your bit. All of the pom poms made on the night will be added to a sculpture which will be on display for two weeks at the CAE. Afterwards, it will make its way to a new home to be announced.

Go to the White Night Melbourne website to plan other activities to go to when you have finished with the pom poms. Arts Centre Melbourne, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne Museum, National Gallery of Victoria, and the State Library of Victoria will be offering special programming over the entire 12 hours. You can download a printable version of the event guide from the White Night Melbourne website.

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There are a couple of opportunities to view and make tea cosies for display coming up in metropolitan and regional Victoria.

Firstly, the Bundoora Homestead will be holding its biennial tea cosy exhibition that will raise funds for the Australian Animal Protection Society from sales of the cosies. The exhibition is on from 26 February until 23 March, 2014. If you haven’t already been to the Homestead it is worth a little trip to see this magnificent Queen Anne style Federation mansion that was built in 1899 and is now operating as a historic house, art gallery and cafe, registered by Heritage Victoria and certified by the National Trust. The Bundoora Homestead is at 7-27 Snake Gully Drive, Bundoora and is open Wednesday-Friday 11am-4pm, Saturday-Sunday 12noon-5pm, admission is free. For more information visit their website or Facebook page or call (03) 9496 1060.

Secondly, the Fish Creek Tea Cosy Festival is running over two weekends from 16-25 May (the pictured tea cosy is from the Fish Creek Festival). This is an annual event held in Fish Creek, Victoria. During the Festival visitors can enjoy creativity at the Makers Market and family friendly events and fun. Knitters can enter in the cosy competitions by filling in and returning an entry form by 15 April and then sending their completed tea cosies by 5pm on 30 April 2014. The tea cosies must be the original work of the entrant and have been completed between May 2013 and 30 April 2014, and not previously exhibited. There are several categories to enter under: Traditional, Fish/Aquatic, Butch and Exuberant Whimsy. Winners receive prize money and the cosies will be for sale. The Fish Creek Tea Cosy 2014 Festival will run from 16 May to 25 May 2014 and this years theme is music so you can expect singing, dancing and live music. They even have a Facebook page. The Tea Cosy Festival will be held in the Fish Creek Memorial Hall, in Fish Creek in South Gippsland, near Wilsons Promontory and Cape Liptrap National Park.

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