Get Lost, Go Deep and Shake Loose at RISING

Program Guide

Thu 17 March

As the new moon regenerates this June, RISING is here to help you explore, experiment, expand, come alive. Or simply just lose it.

Get lost

For those looking to be fully immersed, overrun or consumed.

The Wilds — Wed 1—12 June

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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Golden Square — Wed 1—12 June

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

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A Miracle Constantly Repeated — Until 12 June

Trains speed in and out of Flinders Street Station, cutting through what were once the Birrarung’s fertile banks teeming with diverse species. But hidden above the station’s platforms, new life forms are emerging.

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Multitud — SAT 11—SUN 12 JUNE

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

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Piano Transplants — WED 1—SUN 12 JUNE

Piano Burning, Piano Drowning and Piano Garden will see the grand instrument overwhelmed by plants, submerged by water and consumed by fire.

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Go deep

For those looking to be transformed, transported or in the moment.

8/8/8 : WORK — Sat 4 June

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

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The Hole — Thu 9—Sun 12 June

Let’s call a spade a spade. The Hole is a hole. Pick up a shovel and dig. Then fill it back in. Job done.

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The Picture of Dorian Gray — From Sun 5 June

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

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Animals Dancing : DJ Nobu and Kenji Takimi — Sun 12 June

Legendary local party promoters Animals Dancing bring together Japanese techno icon DJ Nobu and anything-goes selector Kenji Takimi for an all-day dance party that will creep into the witching hours

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Japan In Focus — Wed 1—Sun 12 June

Acknowledging the growing artistic link between Japan and Victoria’s music scenes. This year’s music program has a large emphasis on contemporary music from Japan.

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Heavy Congress — Sat 4 June

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

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HOW TO LIVE (after you die) — Fri 3—Sun 5 June

Emmy award-winning filmmaker and artist Lynette Wallworth brings her renowned storytelling skills to the stage in a surprising new work that sheds light on the seduction of cultish extremism. I

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Shake loose

For those looking for cathartic release, connection or euphoria.

Chai and Buffalo Daughter — Sat 11 June

Innovators and instigators direct from Japan—mercurial magpies from, and inspired by, Tokyo’s cut-and-paste Shibuya-kei scene of the mid-’90s.

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Masego with Becca Hatch — Fri 10 June

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

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Goon Sax with EXEK — Thu 2 June

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

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Yussef Dayes with jitwam (live) and Mike Gurrieri vs Shio — Sar 4 June

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

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Harvey Sutherland presents Neurotic Funk — Fri 3—Sat 4 June

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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Make It Up Club — Tue 7 June

Featuring a lineup of live experimentalists (just announced). Leave your expectation at the door for a night of avant-garde improvised music.

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