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28 September 2016

We're nearing the climax of one of the most creative football seasons on record, with a star showing from the sons of the West, who are set to make history (fingers crossed!).

A Sherrin Football 

To celebrate footy fever and the long weekend stretching ahead of us, Victoria's creative scene has sprung into action. Looking for inspiration, entertainment and celebration around the big game? Here's where the arts can help…


Drop by the ACMI Lightwell during the weekend to see historic Grand Final footage on the big screen. Footy Fever has gripped their social media channels too – tune in for classic footy moments in GIF form.

Arts Centre Melbourne

From Thursday to Sunday night this week, the Arts Centre Spire will light up red, white and blue in support of the Doggies, Victoria's Grand Final heroes. Don your scarf and feel the pride!

State Library Victoria

Check out the footy-themed talks at the State Library this week, exploring the people, places and events that have shaped Australian Rules Football. The events will feature Dr Ciannon Cazaly, great-niece of legendary footballer Roy Cazaly, and Tony Wilson, one-time Hawthorn player, author and broadcaster.

Also at the Library, Changing face of Victoria exhibition includes a new football display featuring treasures from the early history of Australian Rules Football, including a Ballarat Football Club rule book from 1862.

Museums Melbourne

Looking for somewhere grand to watch this big game? Look no further. Big fans and friends of the AFL, the Melbourne Museum is going all out this year. The Grand Final will be projected for all to enjoy, live in the Melbourne Gallery.

Not a football fan? There's still plenty to do and enjoy this long weekend!

Head to the NGV Australia to see the work of one of Australia's greatest living artists in John Olsen: The You Beaut Country, with guided tours and drawing activities for all to enjoy. Craft fans can also check out Making the Australian Quilt: 1800-1950.

Over at the NGV International, Italian Jewels: Bulgari Style brings together Bulgari's visionary creativity and the maison's leading women in a spectacular display of film, photography and glittering jewels. Shut Up and Paint is also open, celebrating contemporary painting in the NGV Collection.

There are a host of theatre options this weekend including Sammy J: Hero Complex, Terror Australis and a host of other productions at the 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival, plus Malthouse Theatre's Gonzo and more.

The city continues to rock through the weekend too, with special music events including Sad Grrrl Fest and a post-finals electro party at The Gasometer Hotel.

If you fancy getting out of town, the regions have plenty to offer to, including the Mildura Country Music Festival, a Maticevski exhibition at BendigoArt Gallery and the cheeky Salon des Refusés at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Art Gallery.