Nocturnal proudly celebrates NAIDOC week with Briggs, Alice Skye and Soju-Gang at Melbourne Museum

Voice. Treaty. Truth.

Nocturnal returns for NAIDOC Week in July: celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples at Melbourne Museum. It's an open house, with a remarkable array of perfomers, exhibitions and experiences to be savoured all night. Stay late and you won't miss a thing.


Friday 5 July - Melbourne Museum | Tickets on sale now

Born and raised in Shepparton, it's taken Yorta Yorta man BRIGGS no less than a decade to make his mark as one of the country’s most vital voices in music, media and comedy. Whether through his ARIA-dominating rap career, his TV appearances on Black Comedy, Cleverman and The Weekly with Charlie Pickering or his role as founder and owner of Bad Apples Music - Briggs is a household name.

On "Life Is Incredible" - the rapper's first new solo release since his acclaimed 2014 album Sheplife - Briggs is "taking into context the disparity in the mortality rate between Indigenous Australians and White Australians. Where Aboriginal people are faced with a life expectancy that barely matches up to what white people consider ‘Middle Aged’ - we pose the question, Is it OK to be white? It’s Incredible to be white! One could argue it’s advantageous, even a privilege to be white."

Singer-songwriter, Wegaia woman and latest Bad Apples Music signing ALICE SKYE grew up aside the sandstone mountains and wildflowers of the Grampians. Still inspired by her roots, Alice now calls Melbourne home and says "I take great pride in my heritage and to combine both music and my background brings me an unexplainable amount of pride and happiness."

Adored by fans and critics, Skye's full-length debut "Friends With Feelings" has earned the artist a host of awards, including triple j Unearthed’s Feature Artist of the Week and the inaugural First Peoples Emerging Artist Award on International Women’s Day in 2018. On joining the Bad Apples roster, Skye says "the music industry is a wild and sometimes overwhelming place, so having people that prioritise community and operate like family back me and believe in me is a real dream."

SOJU-GANG spins a set as powerful and eclectic as her personal style - as anyone at her appearances at Charli XCX's 1999 tour, Sugar Mountain, Listen Out and Groovin' the Moo can attest. A star selector of the Melbourne party scene, Soju-Gang is a resident at local institutions Ferdydurke, Laundry Bar and collaborator on the monthly party UMAMI, “a hot pot celebrating all the flavours Burn City has to offer, as well as our LGBTIQ and POC communities.”

Step inside First Peoples: the story of Victoria’s Aboriginal people told through the voices and languages of our Koorie community from the time of Creation to today. Co-curated by the Yulendj Group of Elders, community representatives across Victoria, and Museums Victoria staff, First Peoples is an awe-inspiring experience of history, culture, achievement and survival.

Experience the First Peoples gallery come to life as experts present a selection of extraordinary objects - some of which visitors will have the rare opportunity to touch and hold as their stories are shared.

View the Gunditjmara possum skin cloak recently installed in collaboration between First Peoples at Melbourne Museum and the Gunditjmara community. Museums Victoria are the custodians of two historic possum skin cloaks from Victoria: the Yorta Yorta cloak from 1853 and the Gunditjmara Cloak from 1872. The communities that these cloaks come from continue to have strong connections to the objects made by their Ancestors and are continuing this cultural practice of cloak making today.

Revellers can also explore ngulu wurneet, galada-al wurrung-u, parniwaru tyalingi, waran woorroong-ee, barringgi dyaling - River of Language - an immersive soundscape exhibition that celebrates UNESCO’s International Year of Indigenous Languages and the 25th Anniversary of the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages (VACL).

Co-curated with VACL, the exhibition encourages visitors to be immersed in Aboriginal ways of knowing, being and doing, and learn through listening and observation. The VACL curatorial working group of Vicki Couzens and Brendan Kennedy ask visitors to take the time and "learn to see the world through our eyes, through our words, stories and images."

Downstairs, dig into Revolutions: Records and Rebels: a deep-dive into the activism, fashion, technology, music of the late 1960s brought to life with more than 600 amazing objects from London's V&A Museum and Museums Victoria's own collection - including items selected by First Peoples curators to explore the legacy of Australia's 1967 Referendum.

Nocturnal: Celebrates NAIDOC 2019

Friday 5 July | 7pm to 11pm
Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton
Featuring: Briggs, Alice Skye and Soju-Gang

Members $25 / Concession $32 / Early Bird $27 / On the door $37
Discounts for concession and group tickets apply.

All visitors to Nocturnal can access a special Revolutions: Records and Rebels entry offer when purchasing tickets

Interviews available on request ​

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