26 September 2023

Melbourne ready for culture after dark

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An impressive display of late-night cultural experiences is to take place throughout Melbourne next week (13-14 May) with some of the State’s biggest cultural institutions teaming up to host Art After Dark.

Announcing the event program, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, Martin Pakula said highlights included First Nations live music, light projections, art exhibitions, DJs and film screenings.

“NGV Australia will welcome the return of popular exhibition, Mass, from Triennial 2017, while NGV International’s iconic bluestone building will be transformed with a light projection curated as part of the free QUEER: Stories from the NGV Collection, along with an immersive installation, EYE HEAR U MAGIK 2020, in the Great Hall,” Mr Pakula said.

“Set to be an audience favourite, Midnight at Pink Lake – a 360-degree immersive projection – will take place in the dome of the La Trobe Reading Room at the State Library,” he said.

“Arts Centre Melbourne will present an evening of nostalgia on stage with live performances, including Australian home-grown heroes Human Nature on Saturday 14 May.”

My Pakula said music lovers would get the chance to look back in time at the Australian Music Vault, which is to stay open late with curators and tour guides telling stories about the history of Australian music.

The Minister said Melbourne Museum would come alive for ‘Museum Universe’ with projections, pop-up bars and DJs.

“People can also get up close to the newly unveiled Triceratops skeleton.”

He said ACMI would present Gillian Wearing: Editing Life with Photo 2022 International Festival of Photography as well as other free exhibitions and film programming.

The full Art After Dark program can be accessed at this PS News link.

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