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Melbourne’s galleries and museums come alive in May with a new Art After Dark late-night extravaganza


Melbourne nights come alive with the new ‘Art After Dark’ late night event featuring an extensive program of experiences including live music, visual and performing arts, food and drink.

A late-night cultural party heads to Melbourne in May, as the city’s top galleries, museums and other cultural destinations keep their doors open for an after-hours extravaganza, Art After Dark.

Presented over two evenings, Friday May 13 and Saturday May 14, Art After Dark invites adventurers to open doors and discover the dynamic depths of a city that has culture in its veins.

Taking inspiration from Europe’s Museum Night (which sees thousands of museums and other cultural landmarks open late for a special one-night experience each year), this dynamic, limited-time program will include free and pay-per-view, covering live music, visual and performing arts, food and drink, encouraging visitors to escape the city and experience something new in Melbourne’s cultural venues.

What do you want to know

  • Melbourne nights come alive with the new Art After Dark late night event.
  • NGV Australia and NGV International, Arts Center Melbourne, Fed Square, ACMI, State Library of Victoria and Melbourne Museum will all open late for this thrilling nighttime experience.
  • The dynamic program of free and paid experiences includes live music, visual and performing arts, food and drink.
  • Art After Dark takes place on Friday May 13 and Saturday May 14

Keep up to date with the latest arts happenings, exhibitions and performances in Melbourne here.

Presented by Visit Victoria and produced by The Social Crew, iconic arts institutions such as NGV Australia and NGV International, Arts Center Melbourne, Fed Square, ACMI, State Library of Victoria and Melbourne Museum will all open late for this thrilling nighttime experience. As the sun sets over the city, revelers can see BRIGGS, Human Nature, nightly screenings of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, never-before-seen installations and more over two great nights, providing a unique opportunity to experience the city ​​at its best, creative and dynamic.

Offering a wealth of experiences and a chance to explore Melbourne’s most famous cultural institutions after dark, Art After Dark offers an exciting new way for Melburnians and visitors to the city to experience something new. , while supporting jobs and bringing tens of thousands of people to the CBD, boosting the nighttime economy.

Art After Dark Program:

Fed Square

Head to Fed Square on Friday May 13 for a Fed Square Live headlined by Kee’ahn-backed music sensation BRIGGS with their signature soul tunes, Melbourne DJ Soju Gang and neo-soul band Izy.

The killer concert will be followed by the launch of Australia’s first art installation, Constellations. Lighting up for two nights, Constellations is a fascinating journey where international artist Joanie Lemercier’s monochromatic vector aesthetic collaborates with producer Paul Jebanasam’s electronic soundscapes.

Take in the sights and sounds of Art After Dark at Federation Square with free to-go hot chocolate, coffee, s’mores treats and glow-in-the-dark fairy yarn.

NGV Australia

NGV Australia welcomes the return of the hugely popular exhibition, Mass, from Triennial, along with pop-up programming throughout the night to engender moments of joy and contemplation, from poetry readings to choir and DJs , Mass celebrates the universally human form that connects us all.

CNG International

NGV International’s iconic bluestone building will be transformed with a light show curated as part of the free program QUEER: Stories from the NGV Collection. In the Great Hall, artist Hannah Brontë’s 2020 immersive video installation EYE HEAR U MAGIK explores how ancestral intuition was passed on to Indigenous peoples as a result of colonization.

Here, visitors can revel in art at all levels as the entire site will be open with free access to all exhibits.

Melbourne Arts Center

Arts Center Melbourne will present an evening of nostalgia on stage with live performances including local Australian heroes Human Nature on Saturday 14 May. Additionally, Art After Dark programming includes the Australian Music Vault to stay open late with curators and tour guides telling stories and engaging with visitors on local music.

Rounding out the entertainment here, the forecourt will host balcony DJs and additional food trucks will accompany the offerings from the Art Center Melbourne bars.

Melbourne Museum

The Melbourne Museum will present an immersive and unforgettable nighttime experience with screenings, food trucks, pop-up bars, DJs and more for Museum Universe. The lineup includes access to the late-night exhibit at the famed Triceratops and screenings of Marvel’s smash-hit IMAX release, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which is sure to please any Marvel fan.

State Library of Victoria

An audience favorite should be the debut of Midnight at Pink Lake, an immersive 360-degree projection from The Electric Canvas, in collaboration with The Orbweavers and Gather Media in the dome of La Trobe Reading Room at the State Library of Victoria. The themed programming, Dream State, will allow visitors to experience a different state of mind as they wander through the library after dark.

Additionally, the interior of the library will be animated with a series of interactions that amplify the wellness theme, including live bibliotherapy sessions, mindfulness workshops and hands-on activities for all ages, as well as music and food and drink offerings. This visual and auditory experience – part guided meditation, part poem, part chant, part song – will leave audiences feeling uplifted and rejuvenated. Traveling performers will move through all of the programmed spaces, interacting with and entertaining visitors.

Other programs will include walk-in crafts, giant chess and a range of wellness-themed participatory programs.


ACMI will present Gillian Wearing: Editing Life – an exhibition presented by ACMI with Photo 2022 International Festival of Photography. British artist Gillian Wearing turns the lens on herself in this exploration of memory and mortality. Other programs include the free exhibition Raumlichtkunst by Oskar Fischinger. This exhibition presents one of the first multimedia projections ever made. Raumlichtkunst is a recreation of Oskar Fischinger’s multi-screen cinematic events, first shown in Germany in 1926 and restored by the Center for Visual Music (CVM) in Los Angeles.

Also playing is Soda Jerk’s TERROR NULLIUS, a nightly walk-in movie schedule. ACMI is also collaborating with Melbourne institution Bar SK to present an innovative and interactive entertainment venue focused on Australian game developers. Bar SK was an iconic Melbourne bar in Collingwood that combined art, video games, nightlife and a sense of community.

“We’re so thrilled to see these iconic Melbourne venues collaborating to curate Art After Dark – a vibrant and colorful program of new work and reintroducing some favourites,” said Belinda Collins, Creative Director of The Social Crew.

“The breadth of creativity on display in Melbourne’s art scene is creativity that should be celebrated and we encourage everyone to book quickly and make it a night – or two! It is a wonderful surprise of visual installations, music, films, exhibitions and much more. It’s time to go out. »

Melbourne, you know what to do.

Art After Dark will run Friday, May 13 through Saturday, May 14 from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. both nights at various locations around the city.

Learn more about artafterdark.com.au

Produced in partnership with Art After Dark