The Luna 1878 night market, named in honour of the year the Queen Vic was officially opened, will kick off this Wednesday August 8 and run every Wednesday night through August.
Luna 1878 is free to visit and promises to bring together a range of independent performers, designers, artists, chefs, winemakers and foodies.
“It will be a place of performance, with a whimsical sense of fun,” says market CEO Jennifer Hibbard, citing entertainers ranging from the vaudevillian rumblings of Rapskallion to Ethiopian Afrobeat / hip-hop outfit The Black Jesus Experience and New Orleans street funk collective Lowdown Street Orchestra.
Although there are similar elements to the successful summer Suzuki Night Market, the QVM team behind the winter version is aiming for a completely different feel by focusing on Melbourne and all the interesting and beautiful things that define her as a city. What Luna 1878 will try and do is bring many of those elements to the one place and allow patrons to experience it all.
Working with around 70 stalls of artisans and food sourced from Melbourne, highlights include a theatre of food from Eastern Europe, Nepal, South America, Sicily, wine tastings and an array of hot drinks to complement the rolling line up of roving maestros and cabaret stars that will change each week.
Artisans will be displaying hand-made glass tile jewellery, vintage inspired hear wear, hand screen printed leggings, fine art and haute couture accessories, handbags from recycled materials, iconic photographs of Melbourne, psychedelic organic artwork, canvas art prints and illustrations.
5pm to 10pm, every Wednesday night in August 2012 J – M Sheds, Queen Victoria Market Free!!