Melbourne International Arts Festival

August 23, 2010

An international arts festival covering dance, theatre, visual arts, music, multimedia and outdoor events across Melbourne.

The 25th Melbourne Festival runs from 8-23 October 2010, featuring an unparalleled feast of music, dance, theatre, opera, visual arts, multimedia and outdoor events.

Visual arts events include:
* *The Solo Projects* Local artists Sean Loughrey and Jensen Tjhung each construct a room within a room to create intense, immersive viewing experiences. VCA The Margaret Lawrence Gallery, 8 October-6 November. *Opening night: Thursday 7 October, 6pm*
* *Mortality* A major exhibition at the ACCA, with work from artists including Tacita Dead, TV Moore, Tony Oursler, Giulio Paolini, David Rosetzky, Louise Short, Bill Viola and Gillian Wearing. ACCA, 8 October-28 November.
* *Holy-Grams* Melbourne’s tin&ed create a playful installation and sculpture series in The Forum theatre. Holy-Grams can be viewed during all performances at the *Beck’s Festival Bar*. The Forum theatre, 9-23 October.
* *Halo* A lighting installation running from the NGV to The Forum, designed by Allan Parkinson, illuminating the festival’s major venues. St Kilda Road, 8-23 October.
* *ThreeThousand Art Walk* On *Saturday 16 October*, ThreeThousand will hold a walking tour of their Visual Arts highlights of Melbourne.
* *The Hawker’s Song* A video and sound installation celebrating the songs of street hawkers in Cambodia’s Phnom Penh. With work from Sue McCauley, Keith Deverell, Srey Bandol and Meas Sokhorn. Signal & The Laundrette, 8-23 October. *Opening night: Wednesday 13 October 6.30pm, The Laundrette*
* *Adapting for Distortion and Haptic* Japanese performer Hiroaki Umeda combines digital sounds, neon lighting and minimalist dance movement to create a technically charged installation. The CUB Malthouse, Merlyn Theatre, 14-17 October, 5pm.
* *Up Close: Carol Jerrems with Larry Clark, Nan Goldin and William Yang* An exhibition placing the work of Australian photographer Jerrems alongside that of other photographers working in the 1970s and 1980s, Larry Clark and Nan Goldin from New York and William Yang from Sydney. Each photographer shared an interest in sub-cultural groups, portraying those living on the margins of society in an empathetic and sensitive manner. Heide Museum of Modern Art, 31 July-31 October.

*8-23 October 2010*.
*Venues across Melbourne*.
For more information, visit the ["Melbourne Festival":http://www.melbournefestival.com.au/] website.

*Image* Hiroaki Umeda, Adapting for Distortion and Haptic

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