Arts & Cul­ture

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Be amazed by the lav­ish mu­si­cals, en­thralling ex­hi­bi­tions and mag­i­cal fes­ti­vals that have cul­ture vul­tures spoiled for choice each time

they visit Mel­bourne.

Ex­hi­bi­tions to In­spire

Con­tem­po­rary art from around the world — more than a hun­dred artists from 32 coun­tries are in­volved — is the fo­cus of NGV Tri­en­nial (un­til 15 Novem­ber) at NGV In­ter­na­tional. As well as art, there’s a pro­gram of talks, work­shops, kids’ events and mu­si­cal of­fer­ings. At NGV Aus­tralia, The Field Re­vis­ited

(24 April – 26 Au­gust) cel­e­brates the 50th an­niver­sary of the ground-breaking ex­hi­bi­tion called The Field, an ex­plo­ration of Aus­tralian colour field paint­ing and ab­stract sculp­ture. At ACMI, the world of Lewis Car­roll comes alive for the world pre­miere of Won­der­land (5 April – 7 Oc­to­ber), which cel­e­brates the screen his­tory of his fa­mous Alice tales. ngv.vic.gov.au acmi.net.au

The World’s a Stage

Go over the rain­bow with Dorothy in the stage mu­si­cal adap­ta­tion of one of the world’s favourite sto­ries, Wiz­ard of Oz (from 15 May). De­pend­ing on the day you book, you’ll see a lo­cal rock star — ei­ther Phil Jamieson, Adalita or Sarah McLeod — take on the role of St Jimmy in Green Day’s Amer­i­can Id­iot (un­til 11 March). In­ter­na­tional sen­sa­tion Stomp ’18 (1–6 May) ar­rives for just eight shows of rhythm, theatre, dance and com­edy. wiz­ard­o­fozthe­mu­si­cal.com amer­i­cani­d­iotlive.com.au mar­riner­group.com.au

Fes­ti­val Fever

Stop to smell the blooms at the Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Flower & Gar­den Show (21–25 March). For five au­tumn days, you can see the best land­scape and flo­ral tal­ent in the world at the Royal Ex­hi­bi­tion Build­ing and Carl­ton Gar­dens. The free Bud­dha Day & Mul­ti­cul­tural Fes­ti­val (19–20 May) cel­e­brates the Bud­dha’s birth­day with a huge range of bless­ings, mu­si­cal and cul­tural events and, of course, veg­e­tar­ian food in Fed­er­a­tion Square. melbflow­er­show.com.au bud­dha­day.org.au

Con­nect with the Land

Take an Abo­rig­i­nal Her­itage Walk in the Royal Botanic Gar­dens’ Mel­bourne Gar­dens, on the land of the Kulin na­tion, with an Indige­nous guide. He or she will per­form a tra­di­tional smok­ing cer­e­mony, then tell you about the lo­cal Boon­er­wur­rung and Woi­wur­rung peo­ple and how they used na­tive plants for food, tools and medicine.

rbg.vic.gov.au

His­tory Re­told

At Mel­bourne Mu­seum, Bun­ji­laka’s First Peo­ples ex­hi­bi­tion tells the story of Abo­rig­i­nal Victoria. It’s a story that stretches back more than 60,000 years and this ex­hi­bi­tion cel­e­brates the di­ver­sity, con­ti­nu­ity and vi­tal­ity of the Koorie peo­ple. Visit the Mi­larri Gar­den to see plants used by the Indige­nous peo­ple and view sculp­tures and an­i­mals. At 1.45pm each day, a guide feeds the short-finned eels in Mi­larri Pond and ex­plains their im­por­tance to Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple. mu­se­umsvic­to­ria.com.au/ bun­ji­laka

Vic­to­rian Sto­ries

Trace the his­tory and cul­ture of the Indige­nous peo­ple of south-east­ern Aus­tralia from Cre­ation Time till the present day at the Koorie Her­itage Trust Indige­nous Cul­ture Cen­tre’s in­ter­ac­tive mul­ti­me­dia ex­hi­bi­tion. There are also three gal­leries show­ing Koorie art and arte­facts, and an ex­hi­bi­tion called Lis­ten To Your El­ders (un­til 3 June), which fea­tures oral his­tory record­ings of Koorie El­ders telling their sto­ries and shar­ing their knowl­edge.

The cen­tre is also the start­ing point for the Bir­rarung Wilma (River Camp) Walk. With a friendly guide, you’ll walk down to Bir­rarung Marr on the banks of the Yarra River to gain a more mean­ing­ful ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the lo­ca­tion and its sig­nif­i­cance to lo­cal Indige­nous peo­ple.

koorieheritagetrust.com

See An­other Side

Fol­low in the foot­steps of fa­mous per­form­ers on the Back­stage Tour at Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne.

Visit dress­ing rooms, hid­den pas­sage­ways and the tech­ni­cal ar­eas of this vast per­for­mance venue. Watch dancers jeté through their daily classes, visit the wardrobe de­part­ment and ex­plore the pointe shoe room dur­ing an in­ti­mate guided tour of the Aus­tralian Bal­let Cen­tre. Find out what goes on be­hind the scenes at Par­lia­ment House. On non­sit­ting week­days, there are a num­ber of gen­eral tours, but check the sched­ule for ar­chi­tec­ture, art and gar­den tours, too. arts­cen­tremel­bourne.com.au aus­tralian­bal­let.com.au par­lia­ment.vic.gov.au

From Times’ Past

Older than the city it­self is Cooks’ Cot­tage. Built in 1755 in York­shire, it was the child­hood home of Cap­tain James Cook, but was care­fully trans­ported to Mel­bourne in 1934 and re­built in Fitzroy Gar­dens. Now guests can see in­ter­pre­ta­tions of Cook’s voy­ages, an­tiques and a cot­tage gar­den. Be­tween 1842 and 1929, Old Mel­bourne Gaol held the state’s worst pris­on­ers and wit­nessed 133 hang­ings, in­clud­ing that of bushranger Ned Kelly. See his­toric arte­facts at the mu­seum and find out what it was like to be held here dur­ing the Watch House Ex­pe­ri­ence. mel­bourne.vic.gov.au/cookscot­tage old­mel­bourne­gaol.com.au

Hamer Hall, Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne

An­gel, Bir­rarung Marr

Koorie Her­itage Trust Indige­nous Cul­ture Cen­tre

Abo­rig­i­nal Her­itage Walk

Bun­ji­laka, Carl­ton

Word on the Street Vir­ginia (49) from Hawthorn “We spent hours at NGV Tri­en­nial. The works are cap­ti­vat­ing, but none more so than Ei­nat Amir’s Com­ing Soon Near You. She in­stalled a liv­ing room in one gallery and in­vited peo­ple to bring a VHS tape....

Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Flower & Gar­den Show

NGV Tri­en­nial

Par­lia­ment House

Old Mel­bourne Gaol

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