Melbourne Festival is one of Australia’s leading international arts festivals and has an outstanding reputation for presenting unique international and Australian events in the fields of dance, theatre, music, visual arts, multimedia, free and outdoor events.
Fed Square will play host to several of the Festival’s unmissable events including the following:
Tanderrum – 4 October, 6:30pm
Each year the first words of Melbourne Festival come from those who have carried this land’s stories the longest—the First Peoples of Melbourne.
Tanderrum will take place at Fed Square on 4 October. The ceremony of the five clans of the Central Kulin Nation opens the Festival and will involve dance and song while the space will be transformed with sand, fire, leaves and bark.
The Score – 4-22 October, Tue—Fri 10am—5pm, Sat & Sun 12—5pm
The Score is an exhibition taking performance scores as a starting point to consider the ways art leaps from the sonic to the visual to the kinaesthetic and back again. A meditation on that intangible moment of translation between two completely different forms, The Score will span three floors of the Ian Potter Museum of Art, and will feature international and Australian artists from the early 20th century to today alongside examples of dance and music notation.
The Missing Picture – 8 October, 4:45pm
A screening of a vital film by one of the world’s leading film-makers, with a post-screening Q&A with the film’s director, and director of the world premiere of A Requiem for Cambodia: Bangsokol, Rithy Panh.
In Cambodia’s first Oscar nominated film, director Rithy Panh uses clay animated figures, archival footage and voice-over narration to tell a deeply personal story. Starting with a photograph taken between 1975 and 1979 by the Khmer Rouge when they ruled over Cambodia, Panh uses the image as a source of contemplation, meditation and as a verbal and visual record of genocide.
A Galaxy of Suns – 10 October, 7pm
A Galaxy of Suns features a 36-part choir ‘singing’ the stars as they rise and set over the horizon. Tracking the Earth’s motions through space, A Galaxy of Suns documents the audience’s precise position in relation to the stars, sonifying stellar data to create a sound and visual composition unique to their location in space and time.
The Exhibition of a Film – 14 October, 7pm
Mathieu Copeland commissioned artists to make moving-image and surround-sound works that fit within the cinema environment. The result is a film in which audio-visual elements come together to challenge our ideas of art and its presentation.
‘Round Midnight – 19 October, 8pm & 20 October, 10pm
Have the opoortunity to hear renowned Italian pianist, Emanuele Arciuli, perform at Deakin Edge with his show titled, ‘Round Midnight.
Emanuele performs both classics and compositions from present day. He has been recognised by the most important Italian critic’s prize, the Premio Franco Abbiati.