The Australian Museum will be brought to life at night with Culture Up Late, a summer – long season of virtual reality shows, hands – on workshops, live music, special tours, performances and protest.
Culture Up Late will see a dozen artists, scientists and performers transform the museum into an interactive space for the curious of heart and mind.
Some of the highlights throughout the duration include:
• We Stand Strong: curated by the museum’s First Nations staff in celebration of Indigenous protest and resilience, with deadly – designed jewellery workshops, a live DJ playing “ decolonisation beats” and Change the Date VR rap video.
• Anti-Valentine’s Day: an unconventional and uncommercial take on affairs of the heart, with live performances of love songs gone right and wrong, “speed hating” sessions, Voodoo doll workshops, couples’ game shows and the live dissection of a pig’s heart.
• Turning the Tide: join scientists, activists and artists in exploring threats to the world’s oceans and marine life, and discover how to be part of the solution, through short films, live music and an immersive VR experience of coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef.
• Another View: presented as part of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, explore the museum with a queer eye through LGBTQI cabaret performances, live art and an irreverent “Mating in the Wild” tour of the animal exhibitions.
Australian Museum Director and CEO Kim McKay said Culture Up Late offers visitors a different look inside the nation’s oldest museum.
“The immersive and interactive adults’ program will show the museum in a new light by exploring culture, performance, art, science and storytelling after dark.”
Jan 24-Mar 14. Australian Museum, 1 William St, Sydney. $16-$20. Tickets & Info: www.australianmuseum.net.au