Melbourne – we’re the city of a hundred festivals. As soon as one ends (think Melbourne Fringe Festival) – another begins! No wonder we’re routinely on the world’s ‘most liveable city’ lists. Today, the Chisholm & Gamon blog features highlights of the Melbourne Festival, taking over the city from the 11th – 27th of October. One of the world’s major multi-arts festivals, make the most of your location, close to the heart of the arts this month.
Enjoy a special Melbourne Festival opening night event at Federation Square this Friday – a Welcome To Country from the Elders of the Kulin Nation. Tanderrum is a project by the Ibijerri Theatre Company, bringing together the traditions of five Kulin Nations to open the Melbourne Festival – fusing storytelling with performance and music. After Tanderrum comes a special treat from legend Archie Roach, as he presents his new show ‘Creation’. Backed by a ten-piece ensemble plus folk darling Sarah Blasko, enjoy classic anthems from Roach’s body of work in addition to new songs for our modern city. This event is free, and begins at 6pm.
Melbournites love a pop-up anything – particularly if it’s by the banks of the beautiful Yarra in springtime. ‘Pop’ down to the Foxtel Festival Hub by the river where you’ll find food, art, performance and design to inspire. Prime acts include performances by The Polyphonic Spree (image inset, above) who are described as part euphoric gospel choir, park Day-Glo rock supergroup. Featuring a 14-piece ensemble, you’re in for a night of exuberant ol’skool psychedelia. Click here for details. After something more cerebral, perhaps benefiting your own artistic practice? Join in on the series of free events called Artists in Conversation, talks with stars of the Melbourne Festival including Richard Tognetti and Weigang Li, talking classical music and Haydn.
A trifecta of local talent in the shape of Paul Capsis, Tim Rogers and Megan Washington present Songs of Wreck and Ruin, a paean to the ‘lost boys’ of rock. Following on from the Melbourne Festival premiere of The Boy Castaways, these three prolific performers showcase the swaggering anthems from the leading lads of rock. Think Fleetwood Mac, Iggy Pop, The Buzzcocks and Dave Mason. Band t-shirt? Optional. Held at the always awe-inspiring Forum.