Today The Sunday Age kicks off a 30-day celebration of Melbourne as it emerges from its COVID-induced hibernation. It has truly been a year like no other and, even without a further outbreak, Melburnians will take some time re-embrace their city again. But, as the Marvellous Melbourne series will reveal, there are green shoots appearing across the city. It’s our intention to help nurture them, make sure you know about them, and encourage you to participate and contribute.
Melbourne’s retail, cultural and culinary sectors need you more than ever. The city centre is starting to fill again with shoppers, restaurants are finally serving food not handed over in plastic containers, and the arts world is beginning to open its doors.
But many of them are having to be creative in the way they operate. Some are finding themselves well suited to the unusual times in which we live. Not since the 1970s have drive-ins been quite so popular. In a world in which enforced distancing and preservation of bubbles afforded by cars has come into its own, they have become an ideal way to spend an evening out.
This year is the 150th anniversary of Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital and to celebrate the occasion the hospital has commissioned an art trail. A pop-up taster will be unveiled next month at various sites across Melbourne including the Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne Museum, the St Kilda foreshore and in Geelong. The main event next year will see hundreds of sculptures dotted around the city.