Melbourne Music Week (MMW) will see the worlds of film, art, theatre and music collide for ten fabulous days in November. Running from Friday 14 to Sunday 23 November, Melbourne’s most iconic arts venues, cultural hubs and public spaces will transform themselves for a uniquely Melbourne music experience.
ACMI will showcase a series of live, film-score performances, kicking off with German headliner Tangerine Dream who will play the live score to William Friedkin’s epic jungle thriller, Sorcerer. Sydney rockers The Church will also do a live performance for Jean Cocteau’s 1930’s avant-garde film, The Blood of a Poet.
Rooftop Cinema is starting its summer season early for MMW, with a three-day series of free music documentaries: Mistaken for Strangers about The National, the Nick Cave docu-drama 20,000 Days on Earth and a yet to be announced surprise screening.
NGV’s critically acclaimed Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition will be brought to life every Friday throughout the festival, with Bombay Royale and Cumbia Cosmonauts providing the soundtrack for the French Haute couture designer’s outfits.
New to MMW is the art exhibition Residency. In a new twist, none of the art will be for sale, but visual artist Thomas Jeppe will instead receive half of the bar profits at the pop-up gallery located at 524 Flinders St. With live music performances from SAFIA, Residency combines creative elements and supports Melbourne’s local talent.
Swell will reinvent the upstairs area of The Carlton Club over six nights, channelling the latest forms of participatory theatre. Melburnians will be treated to a unique musical soundscape that blends architecture with experimental sound and performance.
At MMW’s key venue, the Queen Victoria Market, CLEAR Design will coordinate and curate a poster exhibition featuring photography, art, design, illustration and words. Artists have been asked to visualise and interpret their associations and interpretations of Melbourne and music, with the exhibition on display every day of the event.
If being a little outdoorsy is more you’re thing, then fear not, as music lovers are set to dig the series of works at pop-up venue, MPavilion. Located within the Queen Victoria Gardens, MPavilion’s interactive arts and music events incorporate sound exploration, nocturnal adventures and explorations of Melbourne’s shared gardens, architecture and imagination.
For more details and full program guides, head to http://www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/mmw