Nocturnal channels Harlem for city-wide MEL&NYC festival

Melbourne's own MzRizk co-curates genre-crossing line-up that brings Harlem to Melbourne for one night only.

Rakiem Walker Project

Melbourne Museum's Nocturnal will invoke the incomparable thrill of New York City next month, presenting a diverse and exciting line-up of local and international performers guaranteed to broaden musical and cultural horizons. This Nocturnal will be unlike any that have come before.

Co-curated with block party extraordinaire MzRizk as a part of the citywide MEL&NYC program, this special edition of Nocturnal will see Melbourne Museum transform, channeling the cultural melting pot of Harlem's city streets in an authentic cross-ocean collaboration. MzRizk describes New York as "the kind of city that slows you down because you are constantly stopping to watch something. That is what I wanted to recreate at the Museum. Everywhere you look there is something exciting happening; dancers on the train, buskers on the streets, a hip hop jam in a park, poets performing live where streets meet, there is an abundance of talent every where you go."

From 6pm, Melbourne Museum's iconic Plaza space will host a genre-hopping dance-off with Gumbo Kitchen serving up delicious Southern fare, before party-goers head into Museum spaces filled with vibrant large-scale projections of images by iconic Harlem photographer Camilo Vergera.

Nocturnal is proud to present their first international act, the Rakiem Walker Project, in Australia for the very first time. Direct from the jam-packed and renowned Red Rooster & Ginny's Supper Club in Harlem, this beloved big-band is led by musical director and jazz saxophonist Rakiem Walker. Complemented by six masterly musicians, the Rakiem Walker Project will recreate their dynamic live show encompassing Jazz, RnB, Neo-Soul, Live Hip Hop, Reggae, Gospel, Blues, and Latin, in collaboration with some stunning Melbourne vocalists and delivering what Walker describes as, "the energy of perfect timing and the art of execution. It is the synergy that is created by the musicians and singers." Sister soul/r'n'b outfit Tatafu, and Kalala of the 'Round Midnight's will perfectly fuse Melbourne sounds with Harlem, before both acts play full sets on side-stages.

Booty-hoppin', kick-kickin' Melbourne dance duo Glitter & Snatch will be throwing down throughout Melbourne Museum's galleries, before bringin' it to the main stage, performing alongside MzRizk'Round Midnight's, and feel-good rapper 1/6.

With all corners of the Museum brought to life, The Cook Island Drummers will broadcast their fiery Pacific-inspired urban sounds from the Te Vainui O Pasifikia gallery. The Kalaya and Birrarung galleries will host the powerful sounds of popular Yorta Yorta beat maker DRMNGNOW. The Melbourne Story gallery will be filled with the alluring sounds of Tatafu.

As always, there will be insight into the weird and wonderful world in which we live via a series of expert talks. Museums Victoria experts will touch of themes of transformation, community, identity and gentrification, highlighting synchronicity between the two cities. The ever-popular Wild Gallery  will host an hour of spoken word power courtesy of Hawiine, Lay the Mystic and Idil Ali.

MEL&NYC x Nocturnal offers a heady mix of funk, soul, jazz, r'n'b, hip hop, dance, performance, and 100% good vibes, celebrating the shared excellence of these two thriving metropolises.

Extending across the city from June to October 2018, MEL&NYC exchanges the ideas and stories of two cities that inspire creativity and innovation through theater, dance, live music, talks, performance, dining and community-led events.

MEL&NYC is generously supported by the Victorian Government.

Nocturnal | Friday August 3 | 6pm to 11pm
Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton

Playing live: The Rakiem Walker Project, Mz Rizk, Glitter & Snatch, Tatafu, Drmgnow, The Cook Island Drummers, 1/6 and 'Round Midnight's. 

Plus live dance performances from Glitter & Snatch, and spoken word performances from Hawiine, Lay the Mystic and Idil Ali.

Nocturnal - Early Bird $25+bf / On the Door $35
Nocturnal + Vikings - Early Bird $39+bf / On the Door $49
Discounts for concessions apply
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Photos of the past Nocturnals are available here
Artist images are available here
Interviews available on request​.

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