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  1. The Wilds

    Let your imagination flourish under the cover of dark. Light, music, food, ice and art is blooming in our fertile night garden.

    WED 1—SUN 19 JUNE

    ENTRY FROM 5PM
    TUE, WED, THU AND SUN, LAST ENTRY 9PM
    FRI—SAT, LAST ENTRY 10PM
    CLOSED MONDAYS

    The Wilds

    Let your imagination flourish under the cover of dark. Light, music, food, ice and art is blooming in our fertile night garden.

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  2. Tkay Maidza
    IJALE

    Afrocentric rap, hip hop and neo-soul from the current crop of Australian greats.

    SUN 5 JUNE

    DOORS 7PM

    Tkay Maidza
    IJALE

    Afrocentric rap, hip hop and neo-soul from the current crop of Australian greats.

  3. Golden Square

    Art, empire, identity and spirituality overlap in Chinatown. Reach the roof and raise a glass.

    WED 1—SUN 12 JUNE

    WED—THU, 5.30—11PM
    FRI—SAT, 5.30PM—MIDNIGHT
    SUN, 5.30—11PM
    CLOSED MONDAYS AND TUESDAYS

    Golden Square

    Art, empire, identity and spirituality overlap in Chinatown. Reach the roof and raise a glass.

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  4. The Return
    John Harvey

    An epic, 250-year fight to return home the captive bodily remains of First Peoples.

    13 MAY—4 JUNE

    TUE—WED: 6.30PM
    THU—FRI: 7PM
    SAT: 2PM AND 7PM
    SUN: 6.30PM

    The Return
    John Harvey

    An epic, 250-year fight to return home the captive bodily remains of First Peoples.

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  5. HOW TO LIVE (after you die)
    Lynette Wallworth

    A master storyteller shifts her work from film to stage to share a morality tale for our times—in which she just happens to be the central character.

    FRI 3—SAT 4 JUNE 

    7.30PM

    HOW TO LIVE (after you die)
    Lynette Wallworth

    A master storyteller shifts her work from film to stage to share a morality tale for our times—in which she just happens to be the central character.

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  6. Sampa the Great : An Afro Future
    Mwanjè, KYE and Sounds by C.FRIM

    Crossing genres and continents, the visionary rapper returns to Melbourne for two huge shows to open RISING.

    WED 1—THUR 2 JUNE

    DOORS 7PM

    Sampa the Great : An Afro Future
    Mwanjè, KYE and Sounds by C.FRIM

    Crossing genres and continents, the visionary rapper returns to Melbourne for two huge shows to open RISING.

  7. 8/8/8 : Work
    Harriet Gillies and Marcus McKenzie

    The perfect work/life balance exists. 8 hours rest, 8 hours play, 8 hours of absurd corporate hell.

    SAT 4 JUNE 

    9AM—5PM

    8/8/8 : Work
    Harriet Gillies and Marcus McKenzie

    The perfect work/life balance exists. 8 hours rest, 8 hours play, 8 hours of absurd corporate hell.

  8. Shabazz Palaces and Stas THEE Boss
    Teether & Kuya Neil and DJ Naycab

    Hip hop iconoclast Shabazz Palaces is joined by the most special of the special, Stas THEE Boss in this Australian exclusive.

    SAT 11 JUNE

    DOORS 8PM

    Shabazz Palaces and Stas THEE Boss
    Teether & Kuya Neil and DJ Naycab

    Hip hop iconoclast Shabazz Palaces is joined by the most special of the special, Stas THEE Boss in this Australian exclusive.

  9. HIJRA'H
    Rianto

    Gender expression from Indonesia’s Sulawesi island is explored in contemporary choreography that informs the present.

    THU 9—SUN 12 JUNE 

    7PM

    HIJRA'H
    Rianto

    Gender expression from Indonesia’s Sulawesi island is explored in contemporary choreography that informs the present.

  10. Masego
    Becca Hatch

    Effortless grooves, crisp snares and rhythmic experiments from two rising stars of R&B.

    FRI 10 JUNE

    DOORS 7PM

    Masego
    Becca Hatch

    Effortless grooves, crisp snares and rhythmic experiments from two rising stars of R&B.

  11. Anything & Everything
    Platform Arts, infinity ensemble

    Anything & Everything delves into online and IRL spaces, where young people navigate identity, connection and intimacy.

    FRI 3—SUN 12 JUNE

    PERFORMANCE TIMES VARY
    SEE SESSION DETAILS

    Anything & Everything
    Platform Arts, infinity ensemble

    Anything & Everything delves into online and IRL spaces, where young people navigate identity, connection and intimacy.

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  12. Lucy Dacus
    Snowy Band

    Identity, humour and Bible camp come to a head for a night of bracing, honest indie-pop.

    WED 8 JUNE

    DOORS 7.30PM

    Lucy Dacus
    Snowy Band

    Identity, humour and Bible camp come to a head for a night of bracing, honest indie-pop.

  13. Wurukur Djuanduk Balag — Ancestors Are Calling (Melbourne)
    Dr Lou Bennett AM (Yorta Yorta Dja Dja Wurrung)

    Precious cultural belongings are called home through song. Accompanied by a string quartet, First Peoples collaborators sing in multiple languages.

    FRI 3 JUNE 

    7.30PM

    Wurukur Djuanduk Balag — Ancestors Are Calling (Melbourne)
    Dr Lou Bennett AM (Yorta Yorta Dja Dja Wurrung)

    Precious cultural belongings are called home through song. Accompanied by a string quartet, First Peoples collaborators sing in multiple languages.

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  14. Midori Takada

    Theatrical waves of rhythm invoked by a maestro of Japanese percussion. Transcendent solo performance beyond comparison.

    THURS 9 JUNE

    DOORS 7.30PM

    Midori Takada

    Theatrical waves of rhythm invoked by a maestro of Japanese percussion. Transcendent solo performance beyond comparison.

  15. Maureen : Harbinger of Death
    Jonny Hawkins and Nell Ranney, Soft Tread Enterprises

    Spend a night with a grand dame and dilettante of death. A stirring solo performance celebrating the wisdom of female elders.

    WED 1—SUN 12 JUNE

    WED 1—SAT 4 JUNE, 8.30PM
    SUN 5 JUNE, 4PM
    WED 8—SAT 11 JUNE, 7PM
    SUN 12 JUNE, 3.30PM

    Maureen : Harbinger of Death
    Jonny Hawkins and Nell Ranney, Soft Tread Enterprises

    Spend a night with a grand dame and dilettante of death. A stirring solo performance celebrating the wisdom of female elders.

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  16. Baxter Dury : Mr Maserati
    Our Carlson

    A 20-year wait comes to a close. The disco crooner makes his Australian debut.

    TUES 7 JUNE

    DOORS 7PM

    Baxter Dury : Mr Maserati
    Our Carlson

    A 20-year wait comes to a close. The disco crooner makes his Australian debut.

  17. Jurrungu Ngan-ga (Straight Talk)
    Marrugeku

    A powerful and provocative new dance work challenging Australia's fixation with incarceration.

    WED 1—SAT 11 JUNE

    SHOW TIMES AND DATES VARY
    SEE SESSION DETAILS

    Jurrungu Ngan-ga (Straight Talk)
    Marrugeku

    A powerful and provocative new dance work challenging Australia's fixation with incarceration.

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  18. MONOCHORD
    Robin Fox

    A powerful laser beam, almost a kilometre long, burns above the Birrarung (Yarra River).

    WED 1—SUN 12 JUNE

    NIGHTLY, 6.30—9.30PM

    MONOCHORD
    Robin Fox

    A powerful laser beam, almost a kilometre long, burns above the Birrarung (Yarra River).

  19. The Invisible Opera
    By Sophia Brous with Lara Thoms, Samara Hersch and Faye Driscoll

    An invisible theatre of surveillance, private enterprise and city activation comes to life in our town square.

    FRI 10—SAT 11 JUNE

    FRI 10 JUNE, 1PM and 8PM
    SAT 11 JUNE, 1PM, 4PM and 7PM

    The Invisible Opera
    By Sophia Brous with Lara Thoms, Samara Hersch and Faye Driscoll

    An invisible theatre of surveillance, private enterprise and city activation comes to life in our town square.

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  20. Harvey Sutherland
    Presents Neurotic Funk

    Vintage synths and impeccable groove. Harvey Sutherland’s new live ensemble dismantle and reconfigure Elisabeth Murdoch Hall into a heaving, surreal club.

    FRI 3—SAT 4 JUNE

    8PM

    Harvey Sutherland
    Presents Neurotic Funk

    Vintage synths and impeccable groove. Harvey Sutherland’s new live ensemble dismantle and reconfigure Elisabeth Murdoch Hall into a heaving, surreal club.

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  21. Kaleidoscope
    By Keith Courtney

    A mesmerising symphony of light, sound and joy, staged in a breathtaking mirror maze.

    WED 1—SUN 19 JUNE

    PERFORMANCE TIMES VARY
    SEE SESSION DETAILS

    Kaleidoscope
    By Keith Courtney

    A mesmerising symphony of light, sound and joy, staged in a breathtaking mirror maze.

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  22. Manifesto
    Stephanie Lake Company

    Nine dancers. Nine drummers. Manifesto is performance stripped back to its bare elements—rhythm and movement, drumming and dancing.

    THU 9—SUN 12 JUNE

    THU 9—FRI 10, 8.30PM
    SAT 11, 3.30PM and 8.30PM
    SUN 12, 5PM

    Manifesto
    Stephanie Lake Company

    Nine dancers. Nine drummers. Manifesto is performance stripped back to its bare elements—rhythm and movement, drumming and dancing.

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  23. 21 Pornographies
    Mette Ingvartsen

    Domination, submission and observation. A one-woman power play confronting pornography’s pervasive creep.

    WED 1—SAT 4 JUNE

    WED—FRI, 9PM
    SAT, 5.30PM

    21 Pornographies
    Mette Ingvartsen

    Domination, submission and observation. A one-woman power play confronting pornography’s pervasive creep.

  24. Ed Kuepper with Jim White

    Two titans of the Australian underground together again.

    WED 8 JUNE

    5PM

    Ed Kuepper with Jim White

    Two titans of the Australian underground together again.

  25. Chai and Buffalo Daughter

    Originators and descendants of Tokyo’s Shibuya-kei scene. Punk attitude with a techno pulse.

    SAT 11 JUNE

    DOORS 7PM

    Chai and Buffalo Daughter

    Originators and descendants of Tokyo’s Shibuya-kei scene. Punk attitude with a techno pulse.

  26. Rewards for the Tribe
    Chunky Move and Restless Dance Theatre

    Divine geometry subverted by wonkiness. The search for idealism in art is upended by a dance of exquisite chaos.

    TUE 31 MAY—SUN 5 JUNE

    TUE 31 MAY, 7PM
    WED 1 JUNE, 7PM
    THU 2 JUNE, 2PM AND 7PM
    FRI 3 JUNE, 7PM
    SAT 4 JUNE, 3PM AND 7PM
    SUN 5 JUNE, 5PM

    Rewards for the Tribe
    Chunky Move and Restless Dance Theatre

    Divine geometry subverted by wonkiness. The search for idealism in art is upended by a dance of exquisite chaos.

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  27. Arab Strap and Xylouris White

    A performance 20 years in the making. Icons of post-rock and Cretan tradition together on stage.

    FRI 3 JUNE

    DOORS 7PM

    Arab Strap and Xylouris White

    A performance 20 years in the making. Icons of post-rock and Cretan tradition together on stage.

  28. Multitud
    Tamara Cubas

    Seventy people, from different age groups and backgrounds, create a critical mass of collective action.

    SAT 11—SUN 12 JUNE 

    7.30PM

    Multitud
    Tamara Cubas

    Seventy people, from different age groups and backgrounds, create a critical mass of collective action.

  29. Ana Roxanne
    Wilson Tanner and YL Hooi

    In her Australian debut, orchestral electronic artist Ana Roxanne sets out on the search for something greater.

    SUN 5 JUNE

    DOORS 7PM

    Ana Roxanne
    Wilson Tanner and YL Hooi

    In her Australian debut, orchestral electronic artist Ana Roxanne sets out on the search for something greater.

  30. Fart Fabulous
    Fat Fruit

    Farts happen!

    THU 2—SAT 4 JUNE

    THU, 6PM
    FRI, 6PM AND 8.30PM
    SAT, 2PM AND 7.30PM

    Fart Fabulous
    Fat Fruit

    Farts happen!

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  31. Set Piece
    Anna Breckon and Nat Randall

    Queer intimacy and fantasy meet 1950s pulp fiction in a genre-bending technical feat of screen and stage.

    FRI 10—SUN 12 JUNE

    FRI, 7PM
    SAT, 2PM AND 7PM
    SUN, 2PM AND 7PM

    Set Piece
    Anna Breckon and Nat Randall

    Queer intimacy and fantasy meet 1950s pulp fiction in a genre-bending technical feat of screen and stage.

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  32. Heavy Congress
    The Heavy Congress Collective

    A baptism of bass, colossal speaker stacks and cross-continental music culture. Feel The Forum shake.

    SAT 4 JUNE 

    4.20PM—MIDNIGHT

    Heavy Congress
    The Heavy Congress Collective

    A baptism of bass, colossal speaker stacks and cross-continental music culture. Feel The Forum shake.

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  33. Janet's Vagrant Love
    Elaine Crombie

    Hard truths, humour and heartfelt song told in a commanding performance. A story of childhood trauma, and of raising young Blak men.

    TUE 7—SUN 12 JUNE

    TUE, 8.30PM
    WED, 5.30PM and 8.30PM
    THU, 8.30PM
    FRI, 6PM
    SAT, 3PM and 6PM
    SUN, 5PM

    Janet's Vagrant Love
    Elaine Crombie

    Hard truths, humour and heartfelt song told in a commanding performance. A story of childhood trauma, and of raising young Blak men.

  34. Boris
    Rot TV and Bonnie Mercer

    As part of the Japan in Focus music program, legendary doom trio Boris power through their 2002 classic Heavy Rocks.

    FRI 10 JUNE

    DOORS 8PM

    Boris
    Rot TV and Bonnie Mercer

    As part of the Japan in Focus music program, legendary doom trio Boris power through their 2002 classic Heavy Rocks.

  35. Animals Dancing : DJ Nobu and Kenji Takimi

    From Melbourne's day party denizens comes a finale befitting RISING's debut run.

    SUN 12 JUNE

    DOORS 5.30PM

    Animals Dancing : DJ Nobu and Kenji Takimi

    From Melbourne's day party denizens comes a finale befitting RISING's debut run.

  36. Teeks

    Dynamic soul and R&B from Aotearoa/New Zealand.

    SAT 11 JUNE

    7.30PM

    Teeks

    Dynamic soul and R&B from Aotearoa/New Zealand.

  37. The Goon Sax
    EXEK

    Spend a night soaking in the prophetic post-punk of two Australian acts at the top of their game.

    THU 2 JUNE

    DOORS 8PM

    The Goon Sax
    EXEK

    Spend a night soaking in the prophetic post-punk of two Australian acts at the top of their game.

  38. The Dancing Public
    Mette Ingvartsen

    Community rituals and compulsive dancing link times of crisis. Can you resist the rave?

    WED 8 JUNE 

    9PM

    The Dancing Public
    Mette Ingvartsen

    Community rituals and compulsive dancing link times of crisis. Can you resist the rave?

  39. WORKING ON MY NIGHT MOVES
    Julia Croft and Nisha Madhan

    Shimmering astronauts, phosphorescent stars and vast feminist galaxies.

    THU 2—SAT 4 JUNE

    THU—FRI, 8PM
    SAT, 5PM AND 8PM

    WORKING ON MY NIGHT MOVES
    Julia Croft and Nisha Madhan

    Shimmering astronauts, phosphorescent stars and vast feminist galaxies.

  40. Andy Shauf
    Sweet Whirl

    Let the cinematic missives of skillful multi-instrumentalist Andy Shauf wash over you in his Australian debut performance.

    MON 6 JUNE

    DOORS 7PM

    Andy Shauf
    Sweet Whirl

    Let the cinematic missives of skillful multi-instrumentalist Andy Shauf wash over you in his Australian debut performance.

  41. Kelly Lee Owens
    OK EG and E Fishpool (Yuin)

    In a RISING exclusive, the singular electronic producer will draw you in deep.

    FRI 3 JUNE

    DOORS 8PM

    Kelly Lee Owens
    OK EG and E Fishpool (Yuin)

    In a RISING exclusive, the singular electronic producer will draw you in deep.

  42. The Picture of Dorian Gray
    By Oscar Wilde | Adapted and directed by Kip Williams

    Vanity, beauty, nihilism and sensuality collide with cutting edge tech. Oscar Wilde’s gothic classic, reimagined for the 21st Century.

    SUN 5 JUNE—SUN 31 JULY

    TUE—THU: 7PM
    FRI: 7.30PM
    SAT: 2PM AND 7.30PM
    SUN: 1PM AND 6PM

    The Picture of Dorian Gray
    By Oscar Wilde | Adapted and directed by Kip Williams

    Vanity, beauty, nihilism and sensuality collide with cutting edge tech. Oscar Wilde’s gothic classic, reimagined for the 21st Century.

  43. Yussef Dayes
    jitwam (live) and Mike Gurrieri vs Shio

    Surrender to the rhythm with one of the breakout players of the South London jazz scene.

    SAT 4 JUNE

    DOORS 8PM

    Yussef Dayes
    jitwam (live) and Mike Gurrieri vs Shio

    Surrender to the rhythm with one of the breakout players of the South London jazz scene.

  44. Make It Up Club

    Leave your expectation at the door for a night of avant-garde improvised music.

    TUE 7 JUNE

    DOORS 7PM

    Make It Up Club

    Leave your expectation at the door for a night of avant-garde improvised music.

  45. Jim White & Marisa Anderson

    Fluid drumming and guitar improvisation from two master musicians.

    THU 9 JUNE

    5PM

    Jim White & Marisa Anderson

    Fluid drumming and guitar improvisation from two master musicians.

  46. The Hole
    The Hole Collective

    Groundbreaking.

    THU 9—SUN 12 JUNE

    DIGGING TIMES VARY, SEE SESSION DETAILS

    The Hole
    The Hole Collective

    Groundbreaking.

  47. Moses Sumney

    Outsider pop on its own wavelength, from an artist born between two worlds. Reject the binary, embrace multiplicity.

    MON 6 JUNE

    DOORS 7PM

    Moses Sumney

    Outsider pop on its own wavelength, from an artist born between two worlds. Reject the binary, embrace multiplicity.

  48. Single Channel Video
    Back to Back Theatre

    With echoes of Antiques Roadshow and internet unboxing videos, ordinary people’s poignant histories and curious collections reveal that behind the common, lies the profound.

    THU 9—SUN 12 JUNE

    THU—SUN, 10.30AM—1.30PM AND 2.30PM—5.30PM

    Single Channel Video
    Back to Back Theatre

    With echoes of Antiques Roadshow and internet unboxing videos, ordinary people’s poignant histories and curious collections reveal that behind the common, lies the profound.

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  49. Piano Transplants
    Annea Lockwood, curated by Lawrence English

    Radical interventions of fire, water and life transform an iconic instrument.

    WED 1—SUN 12 JUNE

    PIANO BURNING | FRI 10 JUNE
    PIANO DROWNING | SAT 11 JUNE
    PIANO GARDEN | FRI 3 AND SAT 4 JUNE, FRI 10 AND SAT 11 JUNE
    SEE SESSION DETAILS FOR TIMES

    Piano Transplants
    Annea Lockwood, curated by Lawrence English

    Radical interventions of fire, water and life transform an iconic instrument.

  50. First Peoples Melbourne Art Trams 2022
    Curated by Jarra Karalinar Steel

    Expressions of identity on the move. Six First Peoples-designed trams roll out across the city.

    From Tue 31 May

    TRAMS RUN ON THE TRACKS FOR 12 MONTHS

    First Peoples Melbourne Art Trams 2022
    Curated by Jarra Karalinar Steel

    Expressions of identity on the move. Six First Peoples-designed trams roll out across the city.

  51. Still Lives : Melbourne
    Luke George (Melbourne) and Daniel Kok (Singapore)

    The hallowed turf of the MCG replaced with the Great Hall of the NGV. Suspended above—footballers, bound in ropes, recreating a momentous mark, frozen in time.

    SUN 5 JUNE

    FROM 2PM

    Still Lives : Melbourne
    Luke George (Melbourne) and Daniel Kok (Singapore)

    The hallowed turf of the MCG replaced with the Great Hall of the NGV. Suspended above—footballers, bound in ropes, recreating a momentous mark, frozen in time.

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  52. Wurukur Djuanduk Balag — Ancestors Are Calling (Bendigo)
    Dr Lou Bennett AM (Yorta Yorta Dja Dja Wurrung)

    Precious cultural belongings are called home through song. Accompanied by a string quartet, First Peoples collaborators sing in multiple languages.

    WED 1 JUNE 

    7.30PM

    Wurukur Djuanduk Balag — Ancestors Are Calling (Bendigo)
    Dr Lou Bennett AM (Yorta Yorta Dja Dja Wurrung)

    Precious cultural belongings are called home through song. Accompanied by a string quartet, First Peoples collaborators sing in multiple languages.

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  53. Patricia Piccinini Workshop

    A chance for young art fans to meet acclaimed artist Patricia Piccinini and create their own artworks.

    SAT 4 AND SUN 5 JUNE, 10AM
    Patricia Piccinini Workshop

    A chance for young art fans to meet acclaimed artist Patricia Piccinini and create their own artworks.

  54. Bang Stop
    Jim White and Emmett Kelly with Jo Lloyd

    Music and dance strike a balance between perpetual motion and perpetual stasis.

    WED 1 JUNE 

    7PM

    Bang Stop
    Jim White and Emmett Kelly with Jo Lloyd

    Music and dance strike a balance between perpetual motion and perpetual stasis.

  55. Heffernan Lane Night Market

    Chinatown condensed. Your one-stop shop for the best snacks on the strip.

    FRI 3 JUNE—SUN 12 JUNE

    FRI—SUN, 5.30—9PM
    CLOSED MONDAY TO THURSDAY

    Heffernan Lane Night Market

    Chinatown condensed. Your one-stop shop for the best snacks on the strip.

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