Oh, White a Night

— 26th February 2013 —

On Saturday, I popped along to Melbourne's first ever White Night. I am very excited that this world-wide phenomenon has now reached our lovely city. Locals were out in full force, with hundreds of thousands of people wandering the streets of the CBD on a perfect late summer evening enjoying pop up installations, light shows, live music and access to buildings that are normally off limits to the public.

 

My friends and I rode into the city and started our night with a picnic at the Myer Music Bowl listening to the talented Kristian Winther performing the Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3 with the MSO.

 

Once our supplies had run out, we packed up and wandered along Southbank. We spotted giant inflatable balls on the river, light displays on the Princes Bridge, a peace installation along the Northbank of the Yarra, and an interactive sound artwork in the subway under Flinders Street.

 

Next, we squeezed our way through the laneway jazz audience in Degraves Street, watched an animated light show next to dumpsters near Melbourne Central, flopped in beanbags to listen to short stories by emerging writers at the Wheeler Centre, hugged giant inflatable light cones at the top of Hosier Lane, and stood in awe watching the buildings come to life with coloured light projections along Flinders Street.

 

We learnt to Zumba in Fed Square under hundreds of suspended mirror balls, sat on the grass eating cupcakes next to Hamer Hall, wandered through the War Horse puppet exhibition at the Arts Centre, and looked at the art projections on the NGV building. At midnight, we unlocked our bikes and caught a laser show on the Yarra featuring a 40-foot water feature and soundtrack by Cat Empire frontman, Felix Riebl.

 

As we cycled home, I found myself thinking how incredible this city is. And how important the arts are to any community. Art inspires, activates and unites. White Night is a celebration of this. No matter what time you stop by.

Go with the Flo...

— 21st February 2013 —

I went along to see Helen Noonan and Stephen McIntyre in Souvenir at Chapel off Chapel last night.

Singing beautifully is a great skill. But singing terribly on purpose, is an art. Helen Noonan is playful and at times hilarious in her portrayal of Florence Foster Jenkins, the 1940's New York Socialite who dared to dream. Accompanied by Stephen McIntyre at the piano, this play with ‘songs’ is surprisingly touching.

Worth a look. And a listen – if you’re up for it!

Souvenir - A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins
Playing at Chapel off Chapel until 10 March.