In August, life in Melbourne is when we finally see a bit of light at the end of our winter tunnel. Our Sydney neighbours –or Nordic friends- may disagree as we haven’t reached the 20-degree mark –or never been below zero-, but at least we’ve started to wake up when there’s a bit of sunlight. Most importantly for me, August is the start of the plethora of reminders of what is about to hit us. I might not jump ahead too much (just so I can write another post on another festival), but one of Melbourne’s most amazing festivals is taraaa, Melbourne Festival.
Each year, the Festival brings an unparalleled feast of dance, theatre, music, visual arts, multimedia and outdoor events from renowned and upcoming Australian and International companies and artists to Melbourne. It really is an amazing time to discover new stuff you thought you didn’t like and be amazed by the plethora of talent there is. One such event featuring this year’s lineup is an award-winning African musical duo Amadou & Mariam, a pop and soul duo that mix their music with irresistible African rhythms. Performed in total darkness, Eclipse (the name of the show), is met to take the audience on an extraordinary sensory journey. There is also theatre, art exhibitions and dance, and most importantly the festival uses well-established performance spaces such as the Melbourne Recital Centre as well as pop venues such as the Festival Hub.
This year Melbourne Festival is celebrating its fifth festival – “physically by reaching out into the topography and geography of the city itself, artistically by presenting Melbourne's finest artists in new works and international collaborations, and demographically by engaging with as many people of Melbourne as possible, giving them ownership of their annual international festival”. What an exciting way to say goodbye to winter and welcome afternoons out on a park!
The 2013 Melbourne Festival will take place between 11 - 27 October.
Check out the program here.