RISING will feature 750 Victorian artists.
Update: The first run of tickets to Patricia Piccinini’s ‘A Miracle Constantly Repeated’ sold out in a matter of hours. Nonetheless, RISING has pulled some strings and the event held in Flinders Street Station Ballroom has been extended until 30 June 2021.
There is also a number of extra tickets that have been made available for the huge number of theatre performances taking to the stage as part of RISING. These include ‘Food Court‘ by Back to Back Theatre, ‘Seasons in Blak Box UTP‘ and ‘Heart is a Wasteland‘ by the Ilbijerri Theatre Company to name just a few.
Don’t delay, and head across to the website now as these extra-release tickets are sure to be snapped up real quick.
Kicking off on the night of the total lunar eclipse and taking over Melbourne from 26 May to 6 June, Rising takes the place of White Night as well as the Melbourne International Arts Festival as the city’s new festival of the night. Released today, the festival program is actually twelve nights loaded with 133 creative events including 36 world premieres. (Featured image: danibi)
The major event repping the Asia Pacific region has been created by a diverse team of local, national and international artists and curators with Hannah Fox (Dark Mofo) and Gideon Obarzanek (Chunky Move, Melbourne Festival and AsiaTOPA) at the helm as artistic directors.
Of the festival, Hannah Fox has said “Rising is a festival of unrepeatable, site-specific performance and large-scale public art, new collaborations in theatre and dance, and novel line-ups in live music all connected by food, wine and fun.”
Some highlights of RISING 2021 include:
A Miracle Constantly Repeated
This multi-sensory installation will be taking over the Flinders Street Ballroom as well as fifteen adjoining rooms in the train station for Patricia Piccinini’s first Melbourne exhibition in 20 years. The installation has been described as a “walkable eco-system of hyper-real silicon sculptures, video, sound and light” and will be one of the most sought-after events of the festival.
The Wilds is taking over the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and transforming it into a wonderland unlike we have ever seen. Visitors will enter through a bamboo forest before encountering mirrored illusions, architectural tunnels of light, and a large-scale sculpture of the moon by artist Luke Jerram. They will also be able to ice-skate on the stage.More info here
The carpark at the centre of Chinatown will play host to a ”swirling vortex of contemporary art from Australia and abroad” examining the themes of migration, colonisation, technology, consumerism and an environment in flux. Artists exhibiting include Reko Rennie, Lu Yang, Parallel Park, Agnieszka Polska, Lucy Bleach, and Tabita Rezaire as well as Jason Phu, James Nguyen, Nabilah Nordin and Veisinia Tonga.More info here
A 200-metre long eel illuminated by lanterns will be set up on the banks of the Yarra River alongside the sonic work ‘The Rivers Sing‘ by Deborah Cheetham.More info here
Late Night Yum Cha
Stop the trolley and stack your plates high as the Yum Cha feast takes to the night to supply delicate dumplings, sticky chicken feet, slow-cooked beef tendon, turnip cakes and egg tarts to hungry diners.More info here
Experience a multi-course dinner traversing the past and future of First Peoples food culture with Dr Carolyn Briggs AM who is reprising her Federation Square restaurant Tjanabi for Rising.More info here
Since this is Melbourne, music also makes up a huge part of RISING with shows at the Comedy Theatre, Melbourne Recital Centre and Max Watts featuring a wide array of talent from our own city as well as from abroad.
At the Comedy Theatre, Mess Esque, Connan Mockasin, The Necks will be among the performers taking to the stage while Barkaa supported by Lil Kootsie, Sevy and Beyang and Soju Gang as well as Sleep D alongside Ad Lib Collective and YL Hooi will help light up the Max Watts stage.
There are so many more events part of RISING—like Pendulum at the NGV, Club Purple and Deep Throat Drive-in at Dromana—that we’d love to bring your attention to every single one. But, there are 133 events.
Visit the website and explore the entire program in detail. You will need to.