RISING is coming to town this winter. And one of their most popular events, The Wilds, has extended its season for a whole extra week. That’s seven more opportunities to try ice skating, discover sculptures, see projections and more. The Wilds will now run at Sidney Myer Music Bowl from Wednesday June 1 to Sunday June 19.
The Wilds at RISING
Go on a sensory adventure through this mesmerising night-time experience. Wander through gardens, see eccentric performances, listen to soundscapes and go ice-skating on stage.
“The Wilds is an art park reflecting an unbridled creative energy,” said RISING Co-Artistic Director Hannah Fox. “It brings together the things we love most about Melbourne – art, design, food and music in a sensory experience for all ages. After all our city has been through, we do not take for granted the freedom to come together. We hope that by extending The Wilds season, more people can experience this new winter tradition for Melbourne.”
Skaters of all skill levels are welcome to glide around in the ice-skating rink. As you meander along the ice, a choir nearby will belt out reconstructed hits from the 80s and 90s, creating the perfect soundtrack to your experience.
There will be plenty of art to discover at The Wilds. New York City-based Aussie artists Tin & Ed have created a glowing biosphere for you to admire. See technicolour bursts of unique life forms play around a new dimension, made from inflatable 3D sculptures and gaming technology.
Filipino contemporary fine artist Leeroy New has created sprawling structures made from recycled bamboo, to create a tangled landscape filled with mythic architectural organisms.
Meanwhile, sound artists Mark Mitchell and Pascal Barbare will use physics-based algorithms to create haunting audio work across four sites at The Bowl.
Expect performances from Discordia, who will meander along makeshift habitats and keep things wonderfully weird. See water ballerinas The Clams as they transform into a darker and drier state known as The Siphonophores.
What kind of food will be there?
A night out isn’t complete without some delicious food. Pop into glasshouse bistro, The Lighthouse, for an intimate, fine-dining experience. Inside the 70-seat dining room, you’ll enjoy food from acclaimed chef David Moyle, as well as Jo Barrett and Matt Stone. They’ve also put their heads together for the nearby snack shack, The Nighthouse.
Meanwhile, there’ll be plenty of other offerings from other notable Melbourne restaurants, including plant-based goodies from Smith and Daughters’ Shannon Martinez, ragu from 1800 Lasagne and charcoal-fired skewers from Hoy Pinoy. Enjoy Argentinian barbeque from The San Telmo Group, then cool off with three desserts from Piccopina Gelateria.