The next installment of Nocturnal is upon us and Melbourne Museum will be turning into a soul and pop powered dance party, with museum experts sharing all their knowledge around the theme of POWER.
The epitome of power, the fearless, fearsome and fabulous soulful future-folk vocalist Ngaiire is close to taking over the world and will be heading the Nocturnal stage. Expect boisterous costuming, stellar vocal force, tight beats, and big brave pop sounds. Drawing on her experiences growing up in PNG and NZ before calling Australia home, Ngaiire is one eclectic and talented artist who appreciates the true power of music.
Electric Fields are full of vitality, fresh off touring the world with their stratospheric combination of electronic music and living traditional cultures. They have dished out uplifting, striking and often haunting sounds from China to Scotland and beyond. Composer Michael Ross and vocalist Zaachariaha Fielding will have their powerful sounds reverberating through Melbourne Museum to create an atmosphere like no other. This year alone they have slayed VIVID Live, the Commonwealth Games and UK’s WOMAD. Be energised by pure dance floor bliss.
Joining them, you’ll see Black Tree, the ethereal musical project of Sydney-based singer songwriter Kyle Linahan, who promises to make year heart soar along with sets from DJ Christopher Port who will keep the thrills at 110 per cent between performances, with turned-up, dance-floor ready tunes. Enjoy a drink and soak it all in as the museum takes on a joyous club vibe.
Museums Victoria’s partners Powershop will be on site, running an interactive people powered pop-up, there will even be a world record taking place on site – the largest ever display of toy pinwheels, so make sure to get involved for the record books.
As usual, Nocturnal will be empowering visitors with opportunities to expand their minds. There will be science staff talking about Raw Power in the Invertebrate World. Senior Curator of Politics and Society Michelle Stevenson will talk Power and Protest, where she will be exploring messages about equality, peace, the environment and sex through slogans, posters, badges and tees from the 1970′s to today. Kimberley Moulton and Di-Di Vaha’akolo will address First Peoples – The Power of Resistance and Revival, highlighting significant moments in the revival of Koorie Victoria and powerful moments in Victoria’s Black History, with tours of the First Peoples exhibition.
One super bizarre and extra special power themed presentation will occur. Museums Victoria’s Danielle Measley, Sarah Babister and Oskar Lindenmayer will talk about The Ultimate Puzzle – reassembling the Karnak Fulgurite. When lightning hits quartz sand it can fuse the sand into an amorphous, brittle glass tube, in the shape of the lightning strike. This fulgurite was excavated in Karnak, western Victoria in 1959 and reassembled for exhibition.
Need some more power? You can experience the might of Aboriginal women with the Because of her, we can! exhibition, the strength of huge ancient mega-sharks with the recently opened palaeontology display, and the strength of Aboriginal service men and women with For Country, for Nation.
It all goes down on Friday October 5 | 6pm to 11pm at the Melbourne Museum.
Written by Chloe Cicero