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 Fresh / Take has arrived!

QV Melbourne is celebrating spring in the city with Fresh / Take, a program of events that offers a new approach to wellness, living and thinking. Fresh / Take launched a couple of days ago and runs for two weeks, closing with a public holiday party on 29 September.

The QV Square has transformed into a spring garden with fresh events and workshops such as guided meditations, silent discos, hula hoop classes, massage yoga and a Sunday Picnic with fresh tunes from a critically lauded music artist. All events and workshops are free or gold coin donation.

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Relax from the working week with the best new invention since…well, yoga. It’s massage yoga. Seriously. What’s a better way to relax than yoga? Getting massaged, while doing yoga (floor-based positions only of course, with dreamy essential oils wafting over your face). The wonderful people from Massage Yoga are offering a range of free twenty-minute sessions in the QV Square. Times vary, book via the QV website

Thursday 21 September marks the ‘BIG Change for small change’ charity day. For one day only, QV Melbourne will be calling on shoppers to dig deep into their pockets and offer up their small change to help make a big change for the Royal Children’s Hospital. in what’s believed to be a first for an Australian retail property group, QV Melbourne is one of ten Dexus managed shopping centres nationally that will charge a gold coin donation upon entry to the centre to raise money for charity.

To celebrate, the Fresh / Take program will deliver a fun day out for all ages, with hula hoop classes, a silent disco, a sausage sizzle, massage yoga and more.

Kicking off the weekend, Saturday 23 September will see a Melbourne Fringe Festival program highlight hit Fresh / Take: Rawcus Theatre’s Fanaticus at 2pm and 5pm. On Sunday 24 September relax with the Fresh / Take Sunday Picnic, complete with tastings of new wine varietals from the multi-award winning Red Hill Estate, interactive workshops from Schnitz’s Polish born schnitzel expert Roman Dyduk and live music from Séb Mont to laze away the afternoon as you sup on your handmade schnitzels and wine.

Get into the city early on Tuesday 25 September for a new kind of guided group meditation from Australia’s first multi-disciplinary meditation studio A-Space from 7am-7:30pm. Book via the QV website.

Fresh / Take is the latest offering in QV Melbourne’s Laneway Series: a seasonal program of eclectic interactive outdoor events, festivals and activations in the QV Square and surrounding laneways. Stay tuned for more events to be announced.

Worlds apart from other retail precincts in Melbourne, QV represents the quintessential Melbourne lifestyle. Intimate laneways in the urban precinct give visitors the freedom to wander and discover the eclectic mix of shops, cafes and restaurants at their own pace. Located on the corner of Lonsdale and Swanston Streets, QV has something for everyone with boutiques, enlightening entertainment and cosmopolitan bars and restaurants.

What:  

QV Melbourne’s Fresh / Take: a program of events celebrating spring in the city with a new approach to wellness, living and thinking.

Events and workshops include massage yoga, silent guided meditations, silent discos, hula hoop classes, a Sunday Picnic with fresh sounds from unconventionally alternative music artist Séb Mont and a closing party. All events and workshops are free or gold coin donation with proceeds going to charity.

Where: 

QV Square, Level 2, QV Melbourne, corner Swanston and Lonsdale Streets, Melbourne

When:   

On now until 29 September. Times vary, visit qv.com.au for details.

Bookings:  

Booking for massage yoga and guided mediation sessions is available via qv.com.au

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Read on for more info including Fresh / Take Program and QV Melbourne…

Fresh / Take Program

Massage Yoga

Thursday 21 Sept: 2pm-4pm and 5pm-7pm

Friday 22 Sept: 12pm-2pm and 5pm-7pm

Wed 27 Sept: 12pm-2pm and 5pm-7pm

Thurs 28 Sept: 12pm-2pm and 5pm-7pm

Free Massage Yoga, 20-minute sessions during weekday lunch and after work, and other special event times. Book via qv.com.au

 Massage Yoga is a fully immersive experience with essential oils, music, yoga props, and intelligent sequencing designed to give you deeper awareness of your body and mind, all combined with intuitive touch. Your teacher will guide you through a Yin Yoga practice, while yoga adjustors and massage therapists provide expert hands on adjustment and massage. This creates the perfect setting for deep release and relaxation.

BIG Change for Small Change

Charity Day

Thursday 21 September

7am-7pm

On Thursday 21 September, entrance to QV Melbourne as well as activities and food require a gold coin donation with all proceeds going to the Royal Children’s Hospital.

A group guided mass meditation from A-Space will take place from 7am-7:30am (no bookings required).

From 11:30am-1:30pm Hoops, Thighs and Buttocks will run an energetic and fun hula hoop class outside in the Square.

From 12pm get your dance on with a silent disco from Guru Dudu, and sate your appetite with a roving popcorn cart and a sausage sizzle.

After you dance and hula it all out, relax with massage yoga from 2pm-4pm. More massage yoga sessions are available for the after work crowd from 5pm-7pm. Book via qv.com.au

Guided group meditation from A-Space

Tuesday 26 September

7am-7:30am

A 30-minute group guided silent meditation class in QV Square, led by A-Space co-founder and meditation teacher, Manoj Dias. Each participant will be guided via comfortable Bluetooth headphones.

A-Space teach a variety of meditation and yoga styles from Yoga Nidra to Sound Meditation, Yin to Mindfulness — to complement members’ existing yoga and gym schedules.

Melbourne Fringe Festival’s Fanaticus

Saturday 23 September

2pm and 5pm

Melbourne Fringe Festival present Rawcus Theatre’s Fanaticus at 2pm and 5pm. Fanaticus is a wild and playful public collision of contemporary performance and street basketball. Working with young people from diverse communities across Melbourne, Rawcus will transform the QV Square into a stadium, complete with a pop-up basketball court, DJ and half-time entertainment.

Sunday Picnic

Sunday 24 Sept: 1pm-5pm

The perfect spring picnic day with a Schnitzel making workshop from Polish born Schnitzel expert Roman Dyduk, wine tastings from the multi award winning Red Hill Estate, and live music from Séb Mont.

Fresh / Take Closing Party (AFL Grand Final public holiday)

Friday 29 Sept: 1pm-5pm

Celebrate the start of the long weekend with tastings of new varietals from Red Hill Estate and a surprise program of entertainment and food.

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About QV Melbourne

Worlds apart from other retail precincts in Melbourne, QV represents the quintessential Melbourne lifestyle. Intimate laneways in the urban precinct give visitors the freedom to wander and discover the eclectic mix of shops, cafes and restaurants at their own pace. QV is home to 120 retail stores including premium fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands.
 
Located in the central retail district of Melbourne’s CBD, QV Melbourne comprises an entire city block between Swanston, Lonsdale, Little Lonsdale and Russell Streets. The 24-hour precinct is home to Melbourne CBD’s largest Woolworths and Big W, Dan Murphy’s, Harvey Norman and Domayne, Officeworks and Platinum Fitness First, as well as two office towers, a five level retail shopping centre, two residential towers and basement car park.
 
QV is the redevelopment of Melbourne’s historic Queen Victoria Women’s Hospital site. In March 1846 Melbourne’s forefathers laid the foundation stone for the Princes Bridge and, as part of the same ceremony, a foundation stone was also laid at the Queen Victoria Women’s Hospital (at the time named Melbourne Hospital), making this area of great historical significance. The Queen Victoria Women’s Centre, at 210 Lonsdale Street, has remained untouched during the construction of QV, with the precinct working around the historic building to provide a wonderful contrast between old and new. QV’s principally open-air, pedestrian-only laneway network provides a rich cultural link to the site’s history, with names carefully chosen to embrace the area’s heritage. The QV precinct is a block footprint of Robert Hoddle’s original plan of Melbourne. www.qv.com.au