GOOD WEEKENDS | Running out the Round of 16

16 teams are left in what has been a very interesting run of events in Europe.

The Welsh heroes will play a strong Northern Ireland. Switzerland, with the likes of Shaqiri and the electric Embolo will face off against a tough Poland. France, who have shown a very promising line-up from the beginning, will be surely tested by a pacy Ireland. The German giants will be looking to attack Slovakia, Hungary play a rhythmic Belgium and the last four teams will see the blockbuster fixture between Italy and Spain, followed by England, who are looking to rescue their country from their historical woes of international football as they face off against the warriors of Iceland.

Switzerland v Poland features in the 11 o’clock kick-off on Saturday night, France v Ireland on Sunday.

Good Vibes

For some warming Flamenco and Jazz, Thomas Lorenzo will be playing the guitar with that Spanish fire at the Armadale Uniting Church in Melbourne; it’s a pretty big hall so the acoustics will be well suited. For another cultural fusion of amazing street food, Sydney will be hosting the Hills Food Fest; the burgers from Bella Shack look ridiculous. Fancy some glow in the dark volleyball? The Fremantle Indoor Beach Volleyball Centre in Perth will be hosting just that, with glow in the dark body paint; grab family and friends and register a team on the night.

What’s On Around Town?

In Melbourne, the National Gallery of Victoria will be showcasing a captivating exhibition of the works from French impressionist Edgar Degas as part of 2016’s Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series. In Canberra, Elliot Bastianon and Andrew Carvoth’s ‘Material Objects’, a furniture exhibition, will be presented at the Nishi gallery with very interesting processes for design. In Adelaide, the South Coast Regional Art Centre will be exhibiting marine inspired artworks with a focus on the wellbeing of Australian coastlines and waterways.

Sunday Sessions

What better start to Sunday than roast? If this is your jam, look no further than Sydney’s Watsons Bay Sunday Roast; with all the condiments in between. In Melbourne’s Brunswick, Wide Open Road will not only deliver sensational coffee, but a seriously hip atmosphere to go with it; perfect for a Sunday wake up in style. For pairing coffee with a stunning scenic view, Brisbane’s Medley Cafe and Restaurant has a two level terrace deck for a coastal Sunday that will be sure to treat even in the cold weather.

Nick Tsakiris